Blog Posts on Church Membership

“He Knows My Name!” A Defense of Church Member Directories

Tony Reinke

Compiling church member names and contact information into a directory is useful for a number of reasons: it helps members connect, it reminds pastors of the souls they are accountable for, and as Mark Dever stresses, it encourages pastors and members to pray for one another.

Church directories may be full-color and printed with family pictures, or text-based and photocopied into a booklet, or, more commonly today, posted online…

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Alcohol and Church Membership

Michael Johnson

Piper explains his position on alcohol and church membership:

When I came to Bethlehem Baptist Church over [three] decades ago, this was one of the first controversies I had to deal with. We survived it and are he better for it. I think what I learned may be helpful.


Among Baptist and other congregationally governed churches, the local church constitution generally contains an affirmation of faith and church covenant.…

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