If we want to see the gospel advance in Russia, then our churches must return to meaningful and biblical church membership—embracing the heritage left to us by Scripture and faithful Russian churches in previous generations.
Churches in Africa needs to teach and practice biblical church membership because it helps address the false sense of community, nominal Christianity, and the subtle relativism.
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.
Pastors in rural areas must take into account certain challenges while leading Christ’s bride to experience the joy of meaningful membership.
I’ve often been asked, in a setting like Sweden, whether church membership is even wise. Won’t it simply turn people away?
Size shouldn’t be an excuse for neglecting membership.
Church membership isn’t just a useful tool in the pastoral tool belt; it’s the tool belt itself.
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.
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.”
What do we do when someone takes exception to our church’s statement of faith?
The normal life for a Christian—even one outside their home country—is committed to a particular group of fellow brothers and sisters
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.
Sadly, individualism, consumerism, easy-believism, and unbiblical church polities have left many church members intentionally or unintentionally sidelined.
We should exercise biblical membership to correct my people’s growing misunderstanding of love, authority, and commitment.
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.