We have been thinking a lot about church membership as elders lately. We have previously asked the questions What is the church and who belongs to it? and what do we expect of church members? We’ve also considered the question What is church membership?
It seems the good folk at Crossway have been considering what church membership means to people too. They have produced an infographic exploring what people find awkward about the local church.
Most interesting were the findings that, unsurprisingly, those who leave churches tend to continue that pattern of discontent and remain unhappy in their next church. Much more surprising was the finding that 50% of respondents to their survey were most concerned with the lack of discussion concerning membership and church discipline.
It is worth looking at in full, which you can do here: infographic-uncomfortable-single-page