It provides a brief historical backdrop of the mentality that has crept into our churches, where many of our members think
church is a place where I can always “have it my way.”
For now, let me share some key reasons many of our congregations have become more like country clubs than churches, a place where some members demand their way instead of serving and self-sacrificing.
1. Failure to state clearly the expectations of church membership on the front end.
A membership class, or some similar entry point into churches, should not only give information about the church, it should provide expectations about membership. Membership without expectations becomes membership with entitlements.
2. Failure to make certain as possible that members are Christians.
The biblical mandate for local congregations is counter-cultural. In many passages of the New Testament, such as
1 Corinthians 12, we are clearly taught that members are to be sacrificial, giving, and serving.
Such a mentality goes counter to the culture in which the church ministers.
Church is not about having it our way.