Was just reading some articles about the notion of "church membership" amongst missional communities.
From my experience, it seems some communities (particularly in the UK) have completely done away with the concept of church membership and instead ask for little commitment and do decision-making by general consensus of those gathered at the time.
Other communities place a high value on membership and commitment - part of a reaction towards "just show up on a Sunday" church values. They have a strong sense of membership and also community practices which require a high level of commitment.
Others are in between, seeing "membership" as still a useful concept and one which people like to have (they want to know how to "belong" or fully be part of a community).
So - how does your community do membership? And how are the big decisions then made - are they democratic, are they made by members only, or are they made by the leadership?
And is the traditional concept of membership still a useful one?