What is a Healthy Church Member?

membership MATTERS_tOver the last couple of years I have become increasingly convinced of the importance of membership in the local church. To be honest, church membership was something that I’d never really heard about growing up and so the first time I was exposed to the doctrine of church membership I balked at it completely. My thought process was something along the line of, “Why do I need to become a member of a local church if I’m already a Christian? I don’t need the church to tell me that I’m saved!” The truth is that church membership is a biblical doctrine and one that I now hold dear, so much so that I recently preached a sermon about the fact that it is the will of God that every Christian become a healthy member of a local church.

At Cool Community we define a healthy church member in five ways. In other words, a healthy church member is someone who is:

Attending

The first sign that a believer is in spiritual trouble is when they stop attending Sunday morning services, which is why one of the criterions of health at Cool Community is regular attendance on Sunday mornings.

Fellowshipping

Since the Christian life is not a solo venture, but a community project is it imperative that we gather together on a regular basis for fellowship. At Cool Community, the primary place this happens is in our Home Groups.

Serving

Jesus said that “even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve…” If spiritual maturity is growing to be like Christ, than serving in a consistent, regular, ongoing ministry is one of the most important ways that we can grow in our faith.

Giving

Jesus said, “Where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Randy Alcorn has rightly said that every time you give, you are signing your declaration of independence from the god of money. Likewise, Jim Rickard of Stewardship Services Foundation has said that next to the decision to follow Christ, our decision about what to do with our money is the most important one that we will ever make. At Cool Community we believe that giving isn’t about how much you give, but rather it is about how generous you are. Not everyone can write large checks to building fund, etc. but everyone can be generous with what God has provided.

Reproducing

Finally, we understand that God has planted our church here in Cool for the specific purpose of making disciples (reproducing ourselves). A healthy church member is someone who is actively engaged in discipling someone and is actively being discipled by someone else.

Of course, there are other good traits that Christians are called to in our Christian lives (i.e. prayer, fasting, bible study, etc.). I’ve basically assumed these under the heading of “healthy”. If someone is a “healthy” church member, I’m assuming that they’re already actively involved in prayer, bible study, etc.

My hope is that these five distinctives of a healthy church member will provide more of a rallying cry for what church membership should look like in our day to day lives until Jesus comes.

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July 01 2013 04:00 am | Blog

One Response to “What is a Healthy Church Member?”

  1. Steve Macias on 01 Jul 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Thanks for the encouraging note. We take our membership covenant seriously and don’t want to treat the Church of Christ like a “girlfriend.” I also want to be submissive to the Church leadership and discipline, so that my shepherd can help keep me on the straight and narrow.