Can I become a member of Resurrection if I worship online?

Another question that I receive as Pastor of Resurrection Online is this:

Can I become a member of Resurrection if I worship online?

My hope is that Resurrection Online will be a tool for people to become more engaged in their faith and not less engaged. If someone is connected with a local church I hope that she or he will continue to stay connected there. The way that you join Resurrection is through Coffee with the Pastors. You can find more information about Coffee with the Pastors at http://cor.org/coffee.

Currently we are not offering Coffee with the Pastors online, however I hope to be able to offer that possibility in the next few years. Being a member offers no benefits at Resurrection and only expectations. You can participate in nearly everything at Resurrection as a member or a visitor. Our membership expectations are to:

  • Be in worship every weekend
  • Be actively growing in your faith outside of worship
  • Serve God both inside and outside the congregation
  • Give in proportion to your income with a tithe (10%) being the goal.

I want to make sure that people who join online would have the opportunity to live out their membership expectations online. We are not there yet.

For those that worship regularly at Resurrection Online and are interested in becoming a member, I suggest two possibilities: Seek to live out Resurrection‘s membership expectations where you are. If you want to travel to be a part of a Coffee with the Pastors in person, you could become a member of Resurrection in that way.

Will you please share your thoughts, feelings or opinions about all this?

2010 State of the Church Report for the UMC

I appreciate the work to produce the State of the Church Report for The United Methodist Church. You can find it online here or use this link to download a PDF of the entire report. Here are a few tidbits that I found to be of interest:

  • The median age of the population in the U.S. is 35; the median age of attendees in The United Methodist Church is 57.
  • When asked if their congregation had a clear vision, goal or direction for ministry, 35% agreed that it did and stated they were strongly committed to those goals.
  • Churches with larger memberships tended to grow, while smaller-membership churches tended to shrink.
  • Professing membership in the U.S. has declined every year since 1968.

The craziest of these stats is that 65% of congregations did NOT have a clear vision, goal or direction for ministry. Then, what are they doing? Where do these congregations find guidance to make plans for the future?