Doing a Membership Audit

Posted on January 13, 2012

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What Does Membership Mean?

Part 1: Doing a Membership Audit.

by Monte Sahlin

Begin with an audit of your church membership. Here’s how its done: Go through the membership list name by name and code each individual in one of the following categories: (1) People who attend at least once a month most of the year. (2) People who do not attend because of disability, age or they are away at school or in military service, etc. (3) People who have moved out of the area but not yet transferred their membership. (4) The leftovers, who live in the area but attend less than once a month, perhaps not at all. [READ FULL ARTICLE]

Conducting a membership audit should take place every year.  We need to make sure we are connecting with EVERYONE on a regular basis… finding ways to activate every member in active ministry.  It might be helpful to hold a Ministry Round-up Day once a year to give church members and attendees the opportunity to sign-up with ministries that interest them.  It is my personal belief that every member should be signed up with at least one in-reach ministry and one outreach ministry.  Professional spectators only slow down the work of the Holy Spirit in reviving a church family – spiritually and physically. 

Every church should be a training school for Christian workers. Its members should be taught how to give Bible readings, how to conduct and teach Sabbath school classes, how best to help the poor and to care for the sick, how to work for the unconverted. There should be schools of health, cooking schools, and classes in various lines of Christian help work. There should not only be teaching, but actual work under experienced instructors. Let the teachers lead the way in working among the people and others, uniting with them, will learn from their example. One example is worth more than many precepts.–Ministry of Healing, pp. 148, 149.

The church is God’s appointed agency for the salvation of men. It was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. From the beginning it has been God’s plan that through His church shall be reflected to the world His fullness and His sufficiency. The members of the church, those whom He has called out of darkness into His marvelous light, are to show forth His glory. The church is the repository of the riches of the grace of Christ; and through the church will eventually be made manifest, even to “the principalities and powers in heavenly places,” the final and full display of the love of God.  Ephesians 3:10.  {AA 9.1}

Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, “Follow Me.”  {GW 363.2}

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