Last summer, I moderated a panel discussion on branch church membership at the New York City Church Alive Workshop. Here are some of the questions we considered:
What is the purpose of membership? What does membership promise in return?
The NYC Church Alive workshop panel was titled, “Membership: Its Purpose and Promise.” When I shared this title with one of the panelists, she said, “I get the purpose part; what’s the promise?” Good question! This led us both to think about the healing that comes naturally from being a church member. She realized she’d been healed of grief and depression when she became a branch church member again, after a time away.
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