Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Boundaries in Churches
9 Marks Ministries has posted yet more great articles and reviews on their site. But one really stands out: "Separating Insiders and Outsiders: A Biblical Theology of Church Membership - Part 1."

Have you ever found this church-growth advertisement in your church mailbox? "How to Build a Healthy Church Today: Make a List of Members!" Probably not.

Every day my church’s mailbox is stuffed with flashy pamphlets and postcards advocating a seminar, a book, or a conference that I, as the pastor, must attend if I want my congregation to succeed. Usually a glossy headshot of a middle-aged man smiles broadly at me and promises astounding growth if our church will only heed the secret that he has discovered for ____ (insert topic: evangelism, a greeting ministry, marketing your church …).

But I have yet to receive any glitzy promotional literature on church membership: "Tell those non-commitment types to join either your church or someone else’s! Watch your harvest double!" No, I have not yet received that one.

Well, call this my mailing campaign—a series of articles on church membership, of which this is the first. You want a healthy church? Tell those casual attendees to join!
 
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