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11 Reasons Church Membership Matters More than Ever By Todd Gaddis

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The only beef I have with my fellow Kentucky-native and 16th President of the Unites States Abraham Lincoln is that he never joined a church. I’m quite sure he was a Christian, not to mention a great leader and honest man. Yet, history tells us he never officially connected with a local congregation.

So what’s the big deal, many would say, especially in an age of cascading commitment and denominational decline? After all, being included on a church role pales in comparison to having one’s name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Has it not been estimated that half the people on local church roles are lost?

Although church membership may not be moving the needle like it did in the second half of the 20th Century, I believe it is more important than ever. Carefully note these reasons why.


In our fragmented, individualistic society—one in which we’ve been reduced to mere numbers and statistics—people need a place to belong. No man is an island unto himself. As Paul writes, “We who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all others” (Romans 12:5).Through the presence of the Holy Spirit, the local church offers koinonia, kingdom fellowship that no earthly organization can duplicate.


My life changed drastically in the fall of 1980, when I took my first job out of college and moved several hours away to a place where I didn’t know a soul…

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