How Did You "Join" Your Church?
pastorresources.com was the first publication to share an excerpt from my new book, A Field Guide for Genuine Community! It's a reflection on what church membership is, vs. what God designed it to be.
"I grew up in a traditional church in small-town Texas and still remember people joining that church. Whether after a year or on their first Sunday, people walked the red-carpet aisle during the final hymn, and chatted with the pastor for a moment. The pastor announced the new members, people clapped, and a Polaroid was taken to adorn the foyer wall. The church I attended during grad school had more of a process: people attended a class, agreed to support the church’s doctrine and leaders, and signed a form. (They were still announced with a snapshot, though now with a Kodak disposable.)..."