Is Church no longer “Membership” Driven?
According to Church Growth expert, DR SAM CHAND, there are new â€œtribesâ€ of church-goers:
â€¢ â€œNon-Member-Regular-Attendeesâ€â€”people who regularly attend a church and may attend for an extended period of time, but have not chosen to become members; and
â€¢ â€œBi-churchedâ€ attendeesâ€”people who share their allegiance with more than one church.
Furthermore, today\’s churches have attendees with unique ways of thinkingâ€”natives and immigrants.
â€¢ Natives have exclusive and long-term membership in one congregation;
â€¢ Immigrants are shoppers for faith who seek short-term relationships with several congregations.
The Progressive Pastor understands that when he or she goes net-fishing, the catch will likely include all manner of fish. Pastors of growing churches do not wait for someone to become a member before they can be asked to serve.
I\’m sure you know of churches where it\’s â€œmembersâ€ only. That means you cannot volunteer to sing in the choir, serve as a greeter or assist people in the parking lot unless you\’re a member.
I think every church will sooner or later have to wrestle with the following question, â€œWhat is it that Joe or Suzie cannot do unless they are members?â€ This question, very difficult to answer in many cases will define the sphere and scope of how you discover, develop and deploy the people God is bringing to you.