I consider myself a member of a local church, although I haven’t attended for several months. I was disappointed when I was hospitalized and the pastor sent someone else to see me. Shouldn’t the pastor be the one to do the hospital visits?
The pastor is to be the person called by God to lead, feed and protect the flock. One person, (the pastor) can only do a limited number of visits, prepare sermons and teachings and conduct the affairs of the church. If a pastor has other members who are willing to help care for the flock that is a real blessing. The bible says they will know we are true followers of Christ if we show love one for another. I don’t believe that your pastor has to personally do every hospital call.
People seem to have very little difficulty joining local clubs, teams and various organizations but when it comes to officially joining a church it becomes an issue. According to the bible the local church is to be the concentration, the center of your spiritual fellowship, accountability and spiritual growth. It is through the local church that ministry should be guided and directed by those in appointed leadership. Becoming a member is making known that you are in agreement with the beliefs and practices of that church. You are stating that you will support that local ministry through your time and talents. When you join a church you are becoming a part of a family of believers that are working together to share the good news of Jesus Christ.