Consumer or Committed Church Member? Tracking My Own Attitude and Behavior

Recently, I’ve checked my own attitude and checked my own spirit condition to see how I'm doing as a committed church member. If we are not careful, we may become a church attender or church consumer instead of an active church member. 

 

Here are ten signs that I reflected on to help determine if I am becoming a church consumer instead of a committed church member. See how they speak to you.

 

You know you are becoming a church consumer when:

 

1.   Your worship attendance becomes optional.

 

2.   You replace in-person attendance with digital attendance (though I fully understand that some people are unable to attend in-person).

 

3.   Your attendance to a small group or study group has declined, or you stop attending completely.

 

4.   Your attitude toward your church is more critical.

 

5.   Your giving declines or stops.

 

6.   You critique sermons instead of listening prayerfully.

 

7.   You see church as a place to meet your needs instead of your meeting the needs of others.

 

8.   You get frustrated at what other church members are doing or not doing.

 

9.   You don’t pray for your church regularly.

 

10. You don’t share the gospel. You don't talk about Jesus in your life. 

 

I share this not to question your walk with the Lord. But the Apostle Paul does say in 2 Corinthians 13:5 - test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you unless indeed you fail the test? 

Taking time for honest self-examination may keep us from having wrong attitudes and taking wrong paths. We don't want to end up being a church consumer and miss the Lord's blessings. Let's keep going and growing in 2022. 

See you Sunday! 

Pastor Larry