Church membership isn’t outdated. It needs to be redefined, Rick Warren said during a conference at Saddleback Church. Skye Jethani reports:
Using Scripture to show the importance of commitment to a local congregation, Warren said membership was about being “a member in the Body of Christ.” And therefore membership is “organic not organizational.”
Warren shot down the notion that membership isn’t important as long as people attend the church. “The difference between an attender and a member is the difference between living together and getting married.”
Warren’s comment reminded me how common cohabitation is among young couples now. I wonder if ambivalence about marriage is linked to resistance to commitments in general, like joining a church. In earlier generations, marriage and membership were the norm. Not so much anymore.