For the past several months, I have been trying to think through the issue of church membership. As I have been doing this, I have had my eye on different organizations that we choose to join. A few weeks ago, my wife and I spent some time walking through Costco. What we found out is that not just anyone can get into Costco. You have to be a member. We were able to walk through one time with a guest pass (although you can't purchase anything). We still wanted to do this to check out whether it would be a good deal. We have heard so many things about it and wanted to see if it is as amazing as what people are telling us. I will tell you, it was pretty cool. I just know I could spend a whole lot of money in that place, all under the banner of "saving money."
As I have thought about it, the reason we join places like Costco is because it offers benefits to us. The entire motivation for memberships are that they bring something to us. We join Netflix so we can watch movies at our convenience. We join the local country club so we can play golf at our convenience. We join Costco because they provide food and goods at wholesale prices.
Is this the type of thinking we should have in thinking about joining a church? Stay tuned for my thoughts on that question . . .