The Why, The What, and The How of Church Membership

Author: Wayne Mack
Paperback, 80 pages
ISBN 9781633422889

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About the book

Should you commit yourself to membership in a local church? Isn’t just being a Christian enough? Anyhow, where does the Bible say that we have to become members of a church… why can’t I just attend and get involved? These are very important questions that demand an answer, especially in the casual age that we’re living in.

Dr. Wayne Mack brings his years of experience as a Bible teacher, pastor, and counselor to this very controversial topic. His answers are straightforward and clear:

YES! You must become a church member if you’re to be obedient to our Lord Jesus Christ and the clear teaching of the New Testament.

NO! Being a “lone wolf” Christian is not enough; you must join with a local body of believers in a church that teaches sound doctrine.

NO! You cannot just “attend and get involved” without the benefit of church membership; you must have church elders that can guide you, and that you must submit to.

Dr. Mack thus argues conclusively and clearly for church membership. This is a book all Christians should read, whether members or non-members of a local church—and one that every pastor should hand out to his congregation!


“What a privilege we have to be part of the family of God and delight in our brothers and sisters. What better opportunity to do that than as a committed part of our local church? Dr. Wayne Mack provides important biblical reasons for becoming a church member.”
—Amy Baker: Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries, Lafayette, Indiana

“I rejoice greatly in seeing Dr. Wayne Mack tackle the topic of church membership! He does so with the same biblical fidelity, theological precision, and pastoral concern that has made his previous books a treasure trove to believers all over the world.”
—Conrad Mbewe: Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and Founding Chancellor of the African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia

“Dr. Wayne Mack shows clearly and conclusively that church membership is incredibly important for all professing believers.”
—Lance Quinn: Pastor at Grace Immanuel Bible Church and Executive Vice-President of The Expositors Seminary, Jupiter, Florida

“At a time when church attendance and adherence is in decline, this book sounds a clarion call that church membership is normative for all Christians. Dr. Mack marshals biblical exegesis and sound theological reasoning to make a case for the importance of being part of a local church. I have never met a growing, thriving, mature Christian who was not part of a local fellowship of believers. Christ is still building His church.”
—Tedd Tripp: Pastor Emeritus, Author, Conference Speaker

About the author

Dr. Wayne Mack has served as a pastor, teacher, professor, writer, global speaker, trainer, and most of all, counselor. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Philadelphia Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary as well as having done extensive graduate studies at La Salle University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Wheaton Graduate School, and Trinity Evangelical Seminary. He was chairman of the graduate and undergraduate counseling programs at The Master’s University and Seminary in Los Angeles, California. He serves as an elder at Lynnwood Baptist Church in Pretoria, South Africa, and is the Director of ACBC Africa. His devotion to the Lord through his lifelong ministry is evident to anyone who has had the privilege to sit under his instruction or read one of his many works.

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