Membership: Coffee and Commitment

I love Starbucks coffee. I enjoy Starbucks so much I became a Gold Card member.

Starbucks’ Gold Card program requires enrollment and faithful patronage. As a card-carrying member, I get a few perks, such as free refills, coupons and special discounts. I like to treat others with my card.

As people decide which church to join, the default question is often “What’s in it for me?” This isn’t a bad question, but it may not be the first question we should ask.

When we become grafted into the True Vine (John 15:1), we give up the right to be queens and kings of our kingdoms. We live for a cause greater than ourselves. This is a 180-degree turn from our individualistic American culture, which doesn’t always make a membership card popular.

This month’s of LLM focuses on membership and includes articles from local, regional and national church leaders. Don’t miss the compelling story of Free Methodist Church member David Baker. We also connect you to our membership resources at and invite you to join the conversation at

Is church membership still relevant? Does lack of membership demonstrate a lack of commitment? Join the dialogue. I’ll be reading your comments over a grande extra hot white mocha with caramel drizzle on top. ”

Free Methodists belong to a church with a mission statement that includes the call “to make known to all people everywhere God’s call to wholeness through forgiveness and holiness in Jesus Christ.”

That’s a good mission statement for our families too, but it is meaningless unless we act on it. Join LLM in exploring how to make your family missional.

Downloadable PDF: LLM Mar 2012

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