Membership in the International Church

Reflections for the BICF Leaders


As a new pastor in the BICF I am trying to understand Membership here. As in any church, there are obvious advantages to having a membership.

1. It allows a person to express their adherence to the local church.

2. It allows the leaders to know who are their most loyal followers.

3. It provides a pool of more committed people to enlist in ministry leadership.

Having served as a pastor in an international church for some time, I have found there are also some negatives to membership in an International Church (IC).

1. The congregation is so transient that great amounts of effort are necessary to teach, train, and keep up with members. After you get them in, they go!


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