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Joint Baptist Membership

My brother and wife are in a dilema. They're trying to decide what church congregation they should be members of, i.e., the one he or the one she grew up in. He says his, she says her's. :) Can they have joint membership at both Baptist churches?

Moderator - Neither church. Go to a different church that they both agree on if this is possible.

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The Bible shows the Body of Christ (the Church) has only One Head (the Lord Jesus Christ) & many "members" (parts), i.e., arms, legs, hands, feet, etc. Though the members have varied individual functions in the Body, they also function together for the good of the whole Body.

Likewise, the life of the Body is in the blood that courses thru the entire Body. Think about it. :)
---Leon on 9/14/07


Yes they can. Will they be happy? Probably not. Just like I have "membership" at at least 2 other churches besides the one i'm investigating. Do I still attend there? No, but I haven't taken my name off the membership list either, for they have said in the past every 3 yrs they take a count of people on the list of who's actually there, if you're not there over a years worth then they'll remove your name.
---candice on 9/13/07


Leon,

So what you are saying is you can a member of one church and attend another. That makes no sense at all.

My point was if they can agree on this point then their marriage is in trouble. They will disagree with way too many things.
---denna7667 on 9/13/07


Denna: They're not newly weds. :)

Again, this is not a question of whether they should attend one, the other or another church. Can they both be members at both churches -- simultaneously?
---Leon on 9/13/07


Sounds to me the marriage is starting off on the wrong foot if they cannot come to an agreement on that.
---denna7667 on 9/12/07




It is possible to have joint membership in both congregations as most churches do not limit membership to a person who is only a member of that one congregation. Another solution to this dilema would be for the couple of go to one church on Sunday morning and the other on Sunday night. Eventually, this will work itself out as the couple feels they belong to one or the other.
---Susie on 8/29/07


Rules and Rituals. I don't see why not.
---catherine on 8/29/07


My brother & wife have family & friends in both congregations. Again, can they "mutually" have joint membership at both churches?
---Leon on 8/29/07


Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.
A doubleminded person will receive nothing from the Lord.
Spending 6 weeks here, 6 weeks there, doubleminded.
---jessica on 8/28/07


I tend to agree with the Mod but your spritual lives are so important - I'd suggest committing 6 weeks to each church and really seeing if one of you would want to compromise.
My daughter recently started going with someone - the same situation. My daughter is a strong Christian - I suggested she support him in his church - it seems much more difficult for men to assimulate -
just a consideration - your so fortunate to have this problem,
---Andrea on 8/26/07




She should go to neither. What they need to do is pray and seek God to see where he wants them to go, and use them the most. It is silly to have to sign your name to a piece of paper before a person can become a member in a church. Of all the churches out here in this world, if they can't agree to go to one church together, they are really picky. They just need to visit several churches then seek God where he wants them to go.
---Rebecca_D on 8/26/07


I agree with the mod. Compromise is best, especially in matters of church. This gives them both the opportunity to establish their own identities in the church family.
---Trish9863 on 8/26/07


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