Friday, 25 May 2012
To be a member or not to be a member....
Recently I read an article on the ekklesia website entitled Baptist church attendance goes up - as membership goes down. Between 2002 and 2008, attendance at churches in the Baptist Union rose by about 3.5 per cent from 148,835 to 153,714. However, over the same period, membership of Baptist churches fell by 7 per cent from 149,685 to 139,244. In addition, baptisms dropped by a staggering 23 per cent, from 4,654 to 3,601!!! Like many baptist church leaders I have reflected for awhile on the role and purpose of membership and in particular the place of the Church Meeting in the life of our church. I have to admit I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Church Meeting but I am looking for fully committed individuals who express a strong sense of belonging to a local church.
Maybe membership at HBC could be better expressed as "Partners in Mission." Now that's something to consider at my next Leadership Team meeting!!
Posted by Andy Glover at 17:07