The Local Church by the Numbers

At this last year’s Southern Baptist Convention a resolution calling for the Convention to promote integrity in the reporting of membership numbers in the local church was voted down. The logic in voting it down was not to oppose the integrity in reporting, rather (they said) it was because the Convention should not interfere with the affairs of the local church. While I agree with the spirit of the Convention not dictating how our autonomous local churches are to function, there must be something done for the largest evangelical denomination in the world.

Christianity Today had a brief article on this HERE. While integrity in reporting is crucial, it is not the end itself. The fact that we have millions who do not attend weekly (for whatever reason) shows, at best, that our local church memberships mean very little and, at worst, there are many who have their names on a roll at a SBC church and are unsaved and perhaps ignorant in their very precarious state of lostness because so many of our churches do not follow up on their membership and have a biblical mutual accountability and covenental relationship. I would appreciate your comments after reading the article linked above.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Heb. 10:23-25

One thought on “The Local Church by the Numbers

  1. I think the article speaks of our desires to make church about man and not God! We are so concerned about what “others” think of “our” church: is it sucessfull in man’s eyes… do we have “good programs”.. Is our pastor a “great speaker & author”…..

    What would God say about our churches today? Would he say: Your teaching my word. You’re equipping my people. You’re reaching the lost.

    We must continually teach and learn about what God want’s our church to be. Everything we do should be held up to the Bible to see if it’s of God or man…

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