Teaching Authentic Church Membership
It's time to raise the bar and ask for a serious commitment from your members.
Ken Sande of Peacemaker Ministries believes the church should be less like a cruise ship and more like a battleship. Rather than emphasizing a casual atmosphere and fun activities, churches need to raise the bar, to focus on a serious mission, and ensure that every person aboard serves a function. Recapturing membership is a vital first step.
How well do you teach about membership? After each statement, rank your teaching as poor, fair, good, or excellent.
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We teach the importance of making a public commitment to a specific church.

2
We teach the benefits of membership for mutual accountability.

3
We emphasize the importance of membership for growing Christians.

4
We teach the interdependence of all members of the body of Christ.

5
We teach church membership using the biblical language of family.

6
We inform members of our church's discipline policies and seek informed consent to give our church leaders the authority to publicly confront a member caught in sin.

7
In our new members class, we ensure our members are believers and understand the gospel, our church's theology, our polity, our vision, how we address conflict, and our discipline process.

8
We teach our members the church's expectations for giving, respecting leadership, and serving in the church.

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We support the seriousness of membership by periodically focusing on it—perhaps on a new members' Sunday.

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