pastoral leadership

Six Pledges of Church Members

From I Am A Church Member by Thom Rainer:

Pledge #1: I will be a functioning church member.

I like the metaphor of membership. It’s not membership as in a civic organization or a country club. It’s the kind of membership given to us in I Corinthians 12, “Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.” (I Cor. 12:27). Because I am a member of the body of Christ, I must be a functioning member, whether I am an “eye,” and “ear,” or a “hand.” As a functioning member, I will give. I will serve. I will minister. I will evangelize. I will study. I will seek to be a blessing to others. I will remember that “if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” (Cor. 12:26-27).

Pledge #2: I will be a unifying church member.

I will seek to be a source of unity in my church. I know there are no perfect pastors, staff, or other church members. But neither am I. I will not be a source of gossip or dissension. One of the greatest contributions I can make is to do all I can in God’s power to help keep the church in unity for the sake of the gospel. (John 13:35, Philippians 2:14)

Pledge #3: I will not let my church be about my preferences and desires.

I will not let my church be about my preferences and desires. That is self-serving. I am a member in this church to serve others and to serve Christ. My Saviour went to a cross for me. I can deal with any inconveniences and matters that just aren’t my preference or style. (Mark 9:35, Romans 12:10)

Pledge #4: I will pray for my church leaders.

I will pray for my pastor every day. I understand that the pastor’s work is never ending. His days are filled with numerous demands that bring emotional highs and lows. He must deal with critics. He must be a good husband and father. Because my pastor cannot do all things in his own power, I will pray for his strength and wisdom daily. (Romans 15:30, Colossians 4:3)

Pledge #5: I will lead my family to be healthy church members.

I will lead my family to be good members of this church as well. We will pray together for our church. We will worship together in our church. We will serve together in our church. And we will ask Christ to help us fall deeper in love with this church because He gave His life for her. (Ephesians 6:4)

Pledge #6: I will treasure church membership as a gift.

This membership is a gift. When I received the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, I became a part of the body of Christ. I soon thereafter identified with a local body and was baptized. And now I am humbled and honored to serve and to love others in our church. I will pray that I will never take my membership for granted, but see it as a gift and an opportunity to serve others and to be a part of something so much greater than any one person or member. (1 Corinthians 12:27-28)

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