PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BY-LAWS REGARDING MEMBERSHIP
Over the past year or so, the leadership of Salem has given prayerful consideration to what it would mean to become a church that is more concerned about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and less concerned about maintaining all of the trappings of church business that can sometimes get in the way of ministry. We’ve given a great deal of thought to those things that could help us be more faithful and effective as a congregation.
The process of keeping records for attendance, communion, giving and then monitoring the lists and sending out notices to persons who have may not have met the requirements seems to consume a fair amount of time and energy and doesn’t appear to encourage people to be more faithful in their discipleship. It seemed to us that there had to be a better way to handle the process.
In the weeks ahead, we will be sharing suggested changes to the By-Laws that relate to church membership. Instead of policing the membership rolls as we have, we propose a new process where members of our church are asked to give serious thought to what church membership means to them. Please join the Consistory at the Membership Gathering on Thursday, November 2, beginning at 6:30 pm, in Fellowship Hall as we begin to discuss these proposed changes.
There will be a number of opportunities to share concerns and feedback about the proposed changes in the weeks ahead, and any changes would have to be amended by a congregational vote. A congregational meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, December 3 at 9:45 am for this purpose. We thank you for your participation in this process and ask that you would give the proposals some prayerful thought as they are unveiled in the weeks ahead. – Salem’s Church and Ministry Team