Kevin DeYoung on Church Membership

Posted: October 5, 2009 by Scott Kistler in Ecclesiology (Church Stuff)

Kevin DeYoung has a good post on the importance of church membership.  It’s worth reading.  Here are his main points:

1. In joining a church you make visible your commitment to Christ and his people.

2. Making a commitment makes a powerful statement in a low-commitment culture.

3. We can be overly independent.

4. Church membership keeps us accountable.

5. Joining the church will help your pastor and elders be more faithful shepherds.

6. Joining the church gives you an opportunity to make promises.

  1. #5 is huge. We use the language in our membership process that we (elders) are binding ourselves to the spiritual and material well-being of our members, which is no small thing. I am responsible for the duty of pastoral care. It is easy to entertain crowds, but much harder to actually know them. Jesus knew His sheep and His sheep knew Him…can that be said of us under-shepherds?

  2. Scott Kistler says:

    I think that there needs to be a renewed commitment to proper church authority in the church by both members and church leaders. I think that’s an important part of the church being a body. I’d love to be in a church that had a real governing structure that impacted members’ lives (including my own).

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