Seven Ways an Unhealthy View of Church Membership Hinders Revitalization

Episode #99
June 27, 2019
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A church’s attitude toward membership can hurt revitalization. Today, we expand on seven reasons why.

Episode Highlights:

  • “I give therefore I get” is the essence of the entitlement mentality in the church.
  • High expectation churches are highly functioning churches.
  • When you’re focused on doing things that actually matter, you don’t have time for things that don’t matter.
  • If you have an unhealthy view of church membership—one that’s inwardly focused—your church will likely neglect its community.

The seven reasons we discuss are:

  1. It creates an entitlement mentality.
  2. It lowers expectations.
  3. It is a distraction from the mission.
  4. It causes neglect of the community.
  5. It creates frustration and discouragement among the pastor and other leaders.
  6. It neglects evangelism.
  7. It hurts unity.

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