I sincerely apologize if this issue has been brought up before. I would like to hear some thoughts on church membership. I have been a Pastor for many years so I have heard all of the standard Seminary/Bible School thoughts. I am sure many of you face the same issue, today many want to be a part of a church but formal membership seems to drive them away. I realize this shows a lack of committment but I can also see that feeling a part of the local church is more important than a formal declaration. What is the actual scriptural basis for a membership requirement, again I would ask that you show more than the Passage in Acts 2: "added to the number". I realize that church discipline and monitoring the Lord's Supper is almost impossible without membership but are we making tradition into rules?