Why bother?

Kevin DeYoung asks:

Why bother with church membership?

He explains that, as a pastor, he has been asked this question on multiple occasions:

Sometimes it’s said with genuine curiosity–“So explain to me what membership is all about.” Other times it’s said with a tinge of suspicion–“So tell me again, why do you think I should become a member?”–as if joining the church automatically signed you up to tithe by direct deposit.

Over the past week, I have been asking myself a similar question. Why are we members of Southway Community Church? Why do we bother attending service each week? Why do we invest our time and our lives into this church… this group of people?

In a 2009 article, DeYoung provides 6 reasons as to “Why Membership Matters.” Given that he literally wrote the book on Church appreciation, I thought it might help further our discussion from last week to share his thoughts with you. According to DeYoung, our membership in a local church (Southway, for example) is important because:

1. In joining a church you make visible your commitment to Christ and his people.

2. Making a commitment makes a powerful statement in a low-commitment culture.

3. We can be overly independent.

4. Church membership keeps us accountable.

5. Joining the church will help your pastor and elders be more faithful shepherds.

6. Joining the church gives you an opportunity to make promises.

You can read the rest of his thoughts and elaboration on these 6 reasons here.

Also: If you like DeYoung’s thoughts you might find this article by Paul Tautges helpful as well.