10 Traits of a Great Church Member

By January 11, 2014Christians, Church

Obviously, God builds the church, but He uses people to build it.

What kind of members does God use to build a great church?

As a pastor, I have noticed some trends among church people who help move the church forward. The following is a list of characteristics of those type of people. Not everyone will have every quality, but it’s the combination of each of them in people that builds a great church.

Great church members:

Believe and love God’s Word.

Joshua 1:8 “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.

Great church members let the Bible guide them and the church.

Grow in prayer.

Ephesians 6:18 “Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.”

Great church members pray more than worry.

Build on faith.

Hebrews 10:38 “And a righteous person will live by faith.”

Great church members are willing to walk by faith as God leads, even through the most challenging times.

Put God’s will first.

Mark 3:35 “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.

Great church members put God’s will ahead of every other agenda.

Enjoy meeting with God regularly.

Amos 4:12 says, “Prepare to meet your God,

Great church members look expectantly and often for opportunities to worship God and experience Him with other believers.

Support the pastor and the church.

1 Corinthians 16:10‑11 “When Timothy comes, treat him with respect. He is doing the Lord’s work, just as I am. Don’t let anyone despise him.

A pastor is always looking for someone to call friend. Great church members are that friend. The pastor isn’t always right, but great church members look for ways to support more than complain.

Encouragers in the church.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

Great church members are a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. They look for ways to help, invite their friends and neighbors, and volunteer without having their arms twisted.

Don’t think everything is about them!

Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.”

Did you know everything may not go your way? Great church members are willing to allow the best to be done for the church even when it sometimes goes against their personal desires.

Think outside the walls of the church.

Acts 1:8 “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me every where‑‑in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

If we are not careful, our churches could be hard to tell apart from a Country Club. Great church members think of those not yet in a church…and support the church in reaching them.

Maintain a friendly church.

2 John 6 “Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.”

Great church members make sure guests never stand around long with no one to talk to. They are welcoming and friendly to everyone, with or without a title to do so.

I’m so thankful to be in a church with so many who make this list easy to write.

What would you add to this list?

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  • Jody Dean says:

    This is wonderful! Do you mind if I use it for our church Bulletin?

  • The Gathering Journal says:

    The one thing the "First Church" did that is not on your list:
    “And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” Acts 2:44

    I have actually never seen this played out in any church.

  • Mark says:

    Great list. Part of putting God's will first is striving to maintain unity in the fellowship. Church members that gossip lack integrity and create discord that breaks the heart of the Lord.

  • Ronnie R Matthews says:

    Hello: Ron, this is Pastor Ronnie R. Matthews Sr. of the Greater Commission M.B.C. in Houston TX.
    I just wanted to tell you thanks for the insight on Good Church Members. If you don't mind I would like to add a bit of your teaching tonight in my bible study? because that is what we will be teaching on tonight. I would like to use the (10) traits of a great church member. once again thanks for the insight.

  • Great church members understand the tithe and give financially to the church’s goals. They cheerfully give.

  • How about sheep being taught Western Enlightenment's precept (from the bible, really) to hold leadership's feet to the fire of accountability!!! YOU would have much less adultery and pastor implosions… and then no need to offer hyper grace to the spiritual adulterer wolves, right?

    The Challenge of Hope is to Overcome Internal Corruption
    By Robert Winkler Burke
    4/01/14 http://www.inthatdayteachings.com

    Season Three: Star Wars the Clone Wars, Episode “The Academy” on Corruption… “Those who enforce the law must obey the law” and “The challenge of hope is to overcome corruption.”

    Ahsoka Tano, Jedi Knight, in a speech to teenage students destined to be leaders:
    “The deadliest enemies of a society dwell within its borders. And from these internal threats, the people need to be protected.”

    “But if you don’t trust your leaders, isn’t that treason?” asks a student.

    “It’s every citizen’s duty to challenge their leaders to keep them honest… and hold them accountable if they are not.” [Note Jedi Masters teach this, why not shepherds?]

    “How do you do that?” another student asks.

    “By exposing corrupt officials for what they are. Lasting change can only come from within.”

    Q.: If Martin Luther exposed the selling of Catholic indulgences as being a too easy lie…Then would exposing subtext selling of current rapture-fear, prosperity-greed and emergent-gobbledygook-laziness… also be another case of selling lies that are too easy?

    Q.: If selling sub-textual fear, greed and laziness is a leadership faith-antipode sin, what corruption… consequences… what bad happens from selling fear, greed and slouch?

    A.: No Living Masters are created, no high levels of Christ-in-You… just rube-confusion.

    Q.: If selling fear, greed and slouch is underestimated as a problem under God’s heaven, what would be the literal consequence of selling fear, greed and slouch… i.e. antichrist?

    A.: The results are losing eyes to see and ears to hear high truth. To not be able to see, nor honor Living Master Christ-in-You ones, nor understand how they and God think.

    Q.: Since God has freely allowed Evangelical Church to promote, increase and cling to selling subtext rapture-fear, prosperity-greed and emergent-laziness… what will happen?

    A.: They see nothing, but cause mayhem (they see not)… until leaders stop being corrupt.

    Q.: But what if leaders cannot understand the light of truth, nor In That Day Teachings?

    A.: Faith in fear, greed & laziness creates blindness & deafness… repentance is the salve.

  • Jason says:

    This is a great list. I am actually using this as an outline for a series of sermons on Wednesday night. I had to make a few adjustments as a pastor can't really tell the congregation, "hey support me!" I am new at my fledgeling church that went through a split recently. Amos 4:12 seemed out of context too, as that verse is saying basically prepare to die. Instead I am using Psalm 100:4-5. Really good stuff though.

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  • Wendy Labat says:

    This is awesome and so true. I've just become a trustee at my church and look forward to sharing this with them. We have a leader who exemplifies all these characteristics and the majority of the congregation as well. Thanks for sharing this timely message! May God continue to bless you and show favor in your life and the lives of those you touch. In Jesus name.

  • How about "Mentors/Invests in other believers"?

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