I wrote a response to an article about the importance of church membership. I agreed with Thabiti Anyabwile that people of faith need to be connected to a local community to maximize the power of community in their life, but I was asked to mention our approach at Mosaic. Read the entire article here. Here are the highlights:
…Rather than thinking we should get rid of church membership, then, I do not believe that church membership is enough.
…Unfortunately, membership in a local church sometimes feels like joining a gym. You start going for a few weeks and then stop when you get too busy….
We have a different approach at Mosaic. Anyone can be a part of our community no matter where they are in their spiritual journey. People are allowed to belong before they believe. It has been a beautiful experience to see people from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and spiritual backgrounds come together to discover that God loves us and that His name is Jesus….
Allowing people to belong before they believe and mobilizing volunteers to serve with such a high level of authority and responsibility comes with great risks and great rewards….