I’m a fan of church membership.
My whole adult life, even before I was in ministry, my wife and I entered into membership at our local church. Though it was never popular with our peer set, we felt compelled to do so.
No matter where we’ve moved, we’ve been members of our local church ever since.
Younger generations seem to struggle with the concept.
In my experience, and through some quick Googling, a significant part of the Millennial generation, doesn’t embrace the idea of church membership.
I definitely understand, that in their lifetime, the word membership has been closely connected to the retail and marketing world.
The word membership seems cheap and there’s always a catch.
Why would anyone want that attached to church?
Another key talking point is that the word membership isn’t used in Scripture. Though in defence, the word member definitely is.
To positively impact a community, I believe that the local church needs members from every age and demographic within their membership. When heavy discussions ensue and big decisions are made, we need Millennials at the table as much as Boomer and Seniors.
Millennials are the future of the church and we need their input, yet entering into membership seems to be a roadblock for many of them.
I think education and conversation is key.
Thankfully, our Lead Pastor at Westbourne Baptist Church sees great value in bringing younger generations into membership. In turn, bringing younger generations to the discussion table of local church life and growth.
Over this month, he chose to join our student ministry small group, in order to hash out this thing called membership. In my opinion, it showed great character and care for our young adults.
Couldn’t I have done it? Absolutely.
However, I believe there is huge impact when a Lead or Senior Pastor gives of his free time, to share with younger generations. Too many times, it’s considered the youth pastor’s job.
Perhaps it is? But what a different message is sent when a Lead Pastor spends specific time with our Millennial church.
So what about you?
I can’t express how great a blessing it is to enter into membership with a local church.
Maybe you would reply with, “I attend, so I’m a part of the church anyway.” Or perhaps, “I’m a member of the universal church.“
Those are both true statements.
Nevertheless, I can personally attest to the impact of specifically choosing to attach, connect, join oneself as a part of a local body.
I can do far more for the church as an organism (not an organization), within the realm of membership. And the blessings and rewards are all mine.
Do you attend a local church regularly? Are you a member of that local body? If so, why? If you’re not a member, what’s holding you back?