Membership Matters

Last winter, our family joined the YMCA here in Dover. We joined for the benefits that the Y provides. The weight room, the indoor/outdoor pools, the children’s sports and the list can go on. We both enjoy the fellowship that happens at the Y as well. There have been a few times, that as a member, I have felt that the Y needed to step up their game. While I never complained, I felt that as a paying member of the YMCA that I was entitled to better services.

Have you ever thought about what it means to be a member of a church?

Being a member at a church (and specifically Hope Church) is not about benefits or entitlement. Being a member of a church does give us exclusive access to the pastor or to God. Being a member of the church does not mean we expect to have our complaints or grievances heard and acted on. Being a member of a church is not about what we get.

Being a member of a church (and Hope Church) is about what we give.

Membership is a commitment on the part of the member to be an active, growing, and contributing part of the local expression of the Body of Christ. Members of a church are to be unified in creating a ministry space that is welcoming to those who are not believers or members. In other words, membership in a church means that we understand that the church is not what I want. Membership means we are committed to working together in how God is calling us to reach the community and world around us.

About Steve LaMotte

Husband of Andrea and father of four amazing children. Pastor at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Delaware.
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