Duties of the Church Member
"There would be no church without you!
You are the 'ones called out' by God
to serve Him and the world.
You are baptized into ministry."
As you consider your unique role in the church, it is important to remember
that there are certain commitments that are expected of every member.
- Dedication. The most basic of all duties of a church member is to maintain a personal relationship with and dedication to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are acknowledging all that He has done on our behalf. He lived, died, and was resurrected for us. We also acknowledge Him as Lord of our life and seek to respond to His will out of love for what He has done. In order to maintain this relationship it is vital to have a consistent pattern of daily time for reading God's Word and conversing with Him in prayer and meditation.
- Participation. The church member should look for ways to participate in the local congregation. There would not be a church if it were not for the individuals who join together for worship, fellowship and service. When you join the church you become a part of the body of Christ. Your local congregation needs your participation in order to be a caring church. Important ways of contributing include time, energy and financial resources.
- Commitment. It takes a spirit of commitment to be willing to discover and use your spiritual gifts. The New Testament talks of the importance not only of receiving baptism by water, but also the baptism of the Spirit. (Matthew 3:11, John 3:5) The baptism of the Spirit includes a reception of spiritual gifts that are to be used within the context of the body of Christ for service to God. Our responsibility as church members is to become involved in the process of discovering and using our spiritual gifts.
- Service. Whatever our abilities, God can use us in His service in strengthening our local church and reaching out to others who don't know Christ. Every congregation needs members that are committed to serving others. You may be called to serve the needs of the church and community as a leader and organizer or you may be called to a supporting role in committees or as a helper. If you see a need in the church program that you believe you could fill, talk to your pastor about your interest and volunteer. You could find yourself involved in a new ministry. Your church needs your abilities and talents to help fulfill the gospel commission.
North American Division Church Ministries, 1990, MDB-00