How to Talk about Membership on the West Coast

How to Talk about Membership on the West Coast

By Kyle Schwahn | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

How should we talk about membership on the West Coast? Let me offer three ways that have proven helpful within our body over the past few years.

Meaningful Membership in a Small Rural Area

Meaningful Membership in a Small, Rural Area

By Josh Myrick | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Pastors in rural areas must take into account certain challenges while leading Christ’s bride to experience the joy of meaningful membership.

Why Swedish Churches Need Membership

By Johnny Lithell | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

I’ve often been asked, in a setting like Sweden, whether church membership is even wise. Won’t it simply turn people away?

Meaningful Membership in a Mega-Church

Meaningful Membership in a Mega-Church

By Mark Vroegop | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Size shouldn’t be an excuse for neglecting membership.

Meaningful Membership & Shepherding the Saints

By Jason Seville | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Church membership isn’t just a useful tool in the pastoral tool belt; it’s the tool belt itself.

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

By Patti Withers | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

But Christ intends the local church to be a comfort and grace to all believers— even those who, like me, have been victims of church abuse.

Two Prooftexts for Church Membership

Two Prooftexts for Church Membership

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

As a professor of mine used to say, “there’s nothing wrong with a prooftext… as long as the text proves what you say it does.”

Without Exception: How to Handle Exceptions to the Statement of Faith

Without Exception: How to Handle Exceptions to the Statement of Faith

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

What do we do when someone takes exception to our church’s statement of faith?

Church Membership in an International Church - Challenging Case Studies

Church Membership in an International Church: Challenging Case Studies

By Caleb Greggsen | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

The normal life for a Christian—even one outside their home country—is committed to a particular group of fellow brothers and sisters

How Church Membership is Misunderstood, Misapplied, and Abused

How Church Membership is Misunderstood, Misapplied, and Abused

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Pastors committed to the importance of church membership need to be cautious. In our righteous zeal to address deficient views of the church, we may be tempted to an unrighteous zeal.

What are the Responsibilities of Church Membership?

By Matt Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Sadly, individualism, consumerism, easy-believism, and unbiblical church polities have left many church members intentionally or unintentionally sidelined.

Why East Asian Churches Need Membership

Why East Asian Churches Need Membership

By Chariot Lu | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

We should exercise biblical membership to correct my people’s growing misunderstanding of love, authority, and commitment.

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

By J. Kurz, J. Folmar, P. Newton | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.

Why Middle Eastern Churches Need Membership

Why Middle Eastern Churches Need Membership

By Anand Samuel | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Jesus Christ is committed to his church and publicly identifies with her. So should Christians in the Middle East—and every other part of the world.

How Long Should A Membership Process Take?

How Long Should A Membership Process Take?

By Allen Duty | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Your membership process—whether shorter or longer—is a tool for discipleship, usually one of the first ones people come in contact with.