Church Membership

Show Up!

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

However gifted you might be at talking to teenagers or working on the website, your presence at corporate worship is a far more essential and significant way to serve the flock

Contribute to the Needs of the Saints

By Alex Hong | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

When needs are met, thanksgiving abounds, obedience is manifested, the church is built up, and God is glorified!

Sing to One Another

By Matt Boswell | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

On this next Lord’s Day, I hope you will sing from the bottom of your heart with gratitude to the Lord as an act of worship.

Cleanse Out The Old Leaven

By Matthias Lohmann | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Let’s cleanse out the old leaven of sin both corporately through corrective church discipline and individually as we fight by grace the sin in our own lives.

Be Hospitable

By Doug Van Meter | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Hospitality is not the responsibility of extroverts but of every church member.

Disciple Others

By Tony Shepherd | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

You don’t need to be a disciple-making guru. You just need to be available. You don’t need to be a theologian. You just need to be a means of grace to other disciples.

How Formal Membership Makes the Church a Family

By Caleb Greggsen | 11.02.2020

If you want the church to feel like a family, commit to formal church membership.

When Looking for a Church, Beware the “Right Fit”

By Murray Campbell | 08.31.2020

“I’m looking for a church that’s just like me.” Few people would say it quite so crassly, but the sentiment is common.

A Strict But Clear Definition of the Church Brings Freedom

By Caleb Greggsen | 08.24.2020

How would you, according to Scripture, define the church? Does this definition free you up or weigh you down?

Episode 137: On What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church (with Gunner Gundersen)

By G. Gundersen, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 07.14.2020

As a pastor, how many times have you heard a member tell you, “I’m so sorry we missed last Sunday—we just couldn’t make it with everything we have going on!”?

Build Fences Around Your Flock

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

We must guard the sheep against wolves. For this reason, we must know how to build fences; that is, we must lead our church in practicing meaningful membership and discipline.

Whacking the Wolves

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

How should we confront the problem of wolves in the church? At times, we must protect the sheep by whacking the wolves with the shepherd’s rod.

How Can We Care for Our Church Members During COVID-19?

By B. Johnson, C. Mwanza, J. Wiesner, K. Edward Copeland, M. Lohmann, T. Shepherd | 05.01.2020

We asked pastors how they’d been serving their people since the pandemic disrupted regular ministry. 

Make Sure Your Members Are Christians, Not Just Immigrants

By Jeremy Yong | 04.30.2020

This article is written to pastors who serve in an international setting. If that’s you, I have but one piece of counsel: you must make sure your church members are Christians, not simply immigrants or expats.

Does the Book of Acts Teach Spontaneous Baptisms?

By Caleb Morell | 03.10.2020

The claim that Acts demonstrates a uniform pattern of spontaneous baptisms is overstated.