"Does Membership Matter?" – Influence Magazine

Does Membership Matter?

by Chris Railey

When was the last time you thought about membership? For some churches, it’s very important. But for others, it’s become an afterthought. I have not taken any serious poll on the matter. If I did, what do you think the results would be? How many churches actively pursue membership among their attenders?

Membership is not like it used to be. There was a time when people saw church membership as a sure sign of spiritual maturity. Membership in a church came with a certain respect in the community.

I believe in church membership. I have seen firsthand how leveraging commitment can increase your volunteer base, your giving and even your outreach efforts. Membership still has its benefits. What are they? And how can they help you become a better leader?