Every church has varying membership requirements. In today’s podcast Thom and Sam discuss membership classes and the strengths and weaknesses of church expectations.
Some highlights from today’s episode –
- Church membership is the lived out metaphor of being a part of the body in 1 Corinthians 12.
- Follow up is critical and often the missing component of assimilation.
- The membership class is the starting line and follow up is the next immediate step.
- If people come to a class to learn about membership, they expect you to follow up with the expectations you set.
- If you can’t tell someone in an hour your church’s expectations, then you should be more succinct in what you are communicating.
Five Membership Models:
- Membership through an entry class without significant follow-up
- Membership by request and affirmation
- Membership through an entry class with significant follow-up
- Membership renewal
- Avoidance of membership terminology
Resources mentioned in today’s podcast
- I Am a Church Member
- High Expectations
- Church Membership Renewal, A New Trend – Episode #112
- A Case Study of an Established Church Adopting a Struggling Church – Episode #576
- Five Key Reasons Many Churches Struggle to Reach Their Communities – Episode #577
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