Church Membership

The Danger of “Church Shopping”

By Brett McCracken | 06.12.2017

When a church becomes less about the demands of Scripture on our lives and more about our demands on the church to fit our preferences, it loses its power to transform us and subvert our idols.

Episode 17: On How to Receive and Dismiss Members

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 06.06.2017

One of the most important and time-consuming tasks for a church and its pastors involves receiving and releasing members. And yet, it’s almost never talked about in books on the church or in seminary.

Mailbag #62: How to Encourage Attendance at Members’ Meetings; The Relationship between Baptism & Church Membership

By Jonathan Leeman | 05.19.2017

— Could you provide some wisdom for how to handle situations where members are consistently neglectful of attending members’ meetings? — I understand that baptism should precede church membership. But must membership always follow baptism?

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church

By Sam Emadi | 05.15.2017

Personal relationships were never meant to serve as the foundation for our sense of church commitment.

Episode 7: How to Leave Your Church Well

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.28.2017

Jonathan chats with Mark about good and bad reasons to leave a church, and offers principles for leaving well once the decision has been made.

Mailbag #56: Voting for a Pro-Choice Candidate; What Makes a “True” Church?

By Jonathan Leeman | 03.17.2017

— Is it okay to tell my church members, “You should never vote for a pro-abortion candidate”? — Would you say churches that don’t practice membership or discipline are not true churches?

Church Membership and Prescriptive Implication

By Sean DeMars | 03.16.2017

How can I say Christians ought to do something if the Bible doesn’t explicitly say that they should?

Mailbag #55: Explaining the “Care List”; When a Member Marries a Non-Christian

By Jonathan Leeman | 03.10.2017

— Can you explain your church’s “care list”? — Does marrying an unbeliever warrant church discipline?

Mailbag #53: Women Voting in Congregational Meetings; Pastoral Oversight and Youth Ministry

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.24.2017

— Does women voting in congregational gatherings violate 1 Timothy 2 and 1 Corinthians 14? — How should children’s ministry relate to pastoral oversight?

Mailbag #51: Requiring Attendance at a Second Gathering; A Member Who Refuses Baptism

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.10.2017

— Is it okay for churches to require members to attend a second gathering? — I discovered a long-standing member has never been baptized. What do I do?

Mark Dever Interviews Jonathan Leeman about “Don’t Fire Your Church Members”

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.07.2017

Would you believe it if someone told you church structure actually plays a crucial role in your individual discipleship?

Mailbag #49: Home Groups Over Church; Pastoring an Unmarried Woman Who Wants to Adopt

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.20.2017

— Is it permissible for Christians to opt out of church in favor of home groups? — If an unmarried member of your church sought to adopt a foster child, what would you say?

Mailbag #48: How to Discuss Books as Elders; Advice for Husband & Wife Who Can’t Agree about Church

By Jonathan Leeman | 01.13.2017

— You’ve mentioned before the value of elders reading books together. What’s the best way to go about that? — Do you have any advice for a husband and wife who can’t agree on which church to go to?

What Preachers Can Learn from George Whitefield’s First Sermon

By Thomas S. Kidd | 01.12.2017

In George Whitefield’s very first sermon, he exposed the spirit of nominal religion that was so debilitating to England, and to so much of America today.

Mailbag #46: Tricky Membership Question about Immigration; Pastoring a Church with Lots of Divorcees

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.23.2016

— A woman who came to the United States under false pretenses wants to join our church. What should we do? — How should a pastor proceed when he inherits a church with several divorcees?