How to Lead a Church to a Healthy View of Membership

Episode #062
October 11, 2018
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Biblical church membership is important in churches. While it may be tempting to just clean the rolls and start from scratch in a revitalization with bloated rolls, there are better ways to go about this.

Today’s Listener Question:


What are your recommendations for leading a church to a healthy view of meaningful membership? And what are your thoughts about “inactive” membership as a “middle way” for those who are hesitant with removing non-attending members from the rolls?

Episode Highlights:

  • “Before removing inactive members from the church roll, you’re going to need the leadership of the church supporting the direction.”
  • Too many church members see a church membership roll as equal to the Lamb’s Book of Life.
  • For healthy church discipline to occur, healthy church membership must first be present.
  • You church’s mission and vision should be tied to healthy membership.

The five keys to leading a church to meaningful membership that we discuss are:

  1. Learn tactical patience
  2. Emphasize a new members’ class
  3. Give examples of other churches
  4. Work on the membership rolls
  5. Tie the vision to healthy membership

Resources mentioned in this episode include:

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