Recently a church in South Carolina abolished “membership” in their congregation. Everyone started with a clean slate. No one was a “member” anymore.
They replaced it with “ownership.” Congregants could sign up to take ownership of the local congregation. This includes signing a covenant to attend worship regularly, be a part of a small group, serve in the church or in the community, and give regularly.
Why? Membership in our culture implies “getting something” from the body. While ownership suggests “taking responsibility” for the health and well-being of the body.
I like that concept. What do you think? Am I missing something or is this something more local churches should be doing?