Stewardship Straight Talk: Membership

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As Presbyterians, we believe God calls people to faith and to membership in the Church. Those who enter the covenant of membership accept that God’s grace calls forth a response of faithfulness.  Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege.

It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. The first order of membership is to proclaim the Good News in word and deed.

In practice, that means we shall welcome all people who trust in God’s grace in Jesus Christ and desire to become part of the fellowship and ministry of the church.  Of course, there are many ways to proclaim the good news and welcome members.

Northminster has a talented and committed Membership Committee whose primary purpose is to determine the most effective means for attracting, retaining and supporting members.  But it is really a responsibility we all share.  As is true with so many aspects of our shared life at Northminster, resources matter.

Attracting new members requires resources.  Preparing new member classes requires resources.  Welcoming new members and helping them acclimate to Northminster requires resources.  Yet, NPC’s budget for membership is very modest.

That has meant reducing or eliminating what limited tools were available for supporting membership.  The net effect has been declining membership rolls.

Without adequate resources to support membership efforts, Northminster faces a future with fewer active members and a diminished ability to fulfill our mission.

With additional resources, membership could:

  • Place advertisements in newspapers announcing services and programs
  • Prepare substantive materials for members as part of the new members class
  • Reintroduce the ‘bread delivery’ gift previously extended to new members

Imagine the possibilities at Northminster with a growing, thriving membership.

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