When a large number of people left our last church, we were asked, “Why didn’t you leave? All your friends have gone.” I replied, “Because God hasn’t told us to go.” There were plenty of reasons not to attend anymore, but I believed we were to stay even though it was hard.
Years later, we ended up leaving under different circumstances and the situation was even more painful. Deciding to stay or leave was based on more than what was uncomfortable or disliked. I don’t know if we made all the right choices, but I believe God can help us find ways to live as a healthy church member in whatever church He leads us to attend.
The word “church” can imply a local building and congregation, or the body of believers globally. For this article, I am referring to a broad spectrum of Christ-following believers committed to a local body that meets regularly in a building. We each have our individual roles to live and our own lives to lead.
Consider these ten tips to help you become a healthy church member.