Members in Good Standing

From the Parish PriestFr. Romey Rosco

Now and then, I am asked to write a letter of recommendation, verifying that a parishioner is a “member in good standing.”  But what does it mean to be a “good standing” member of the Church?

1.  Above all, such members must believe in the doctrines of the Orthodox Christian Faith.  That would necessitate studying the teachings of the Lord and His Church

2.  A “good standing” member follows the Christian way of life.  Jesus proclaimed a life that reflects certain values and morals, and He expected everyone who follows Him to follow that disciplined way of living, keeping the Commandments, and practicing prayer, worship, sacrifice, service to others, and loving in the name of Christ.

3.  “Good standing” members fulfill their spiritual obligations, attending the Divine Liturgy on the Lord’s Day and on major feast days, etc., worshipping the Lord, receiving His mercy through Holy Confession, and His Own Precious Body and Blood in Holy Communion.

4.  A “good standing” in church membership certainly requires fulfilling financial obligations to the parish.  No parish should ever have to beg for the support of its own membership.  Dues, pledges and other donations should be made properly and cheerfully, as we enable God’s work to continue in the world.

As we look to the New Year, I call on everyone to join the parish if you haven’t already, and to be worthy examples of “good standing members.”

From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XXXI No. 50, 19 December 2004
Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI

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