Since everyone seemed pretty pro-discipline in the last post, I thought we would talk about a little discipline project we're doing down at the local church. Ashamedly, dear reader, our membership roll is grossly bloated. If you look up FBC Plaquemine on the SBC.net website, you will find that we boast over 400 members. Unfortunately for us, a good Sunday's attendance is only around 135. So where in the world are the other 265 people?
Some of those are on the "non-resident" roll. That means that they are members who now live out of town. I believe that this list was originally created for men in the service who went overseas on duty. Now, I am afraid it is simply a "catch all" list for AWOL members. That said, there are a little over 270 souls on the "resident" membership roll. It is those that I am most concerned over.
It is probably that church discipline has not been practiced at FBC Plaquemine in a good 40 years. In fact, I am not certain that it has ever been practiced, though it may have been. I hope to correct that. We have checked the resident membership list, we have highlighted all AWOL members, and we are going to be contacting them in the near future. The bottom line of this contact is to find out where they have been, why they aren't attending, if they are followers of Jesus Christ, and to let them know that if they do not begin participating, their names will be removed from the membership roll.
Some of the faithful readers of this blog are thinking, "Wow, what a great idea." Other, more seasoned readers are thinking, "Dude, you're gonna get fired." Actually, both may be true. But I take the words of Scriptures literally and seriously, and so I feel that I am constrained to act in this manner. Thus saith the Lord, "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account" (Hebrews 13:17). I will give an account for how I shepherded this people. If I am rejected for keeping watch, then I will be shed of that burden. No eternal loss for me there. If the people accept their covenant responsibility because of this action, then our church will actually grow while it shrinks numerically. Pray for us while we continue in this process. We wish to act wisely. The deacons have already given unanimous support for this move. We'll be making those visits and sending those letters very soon.
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