There is another thread about involving non-members. I would like to get your ideas on another aspect of church membership. What about church members who leave the church for over a year or longer, and then return to the church. Many Baptist churches have bloated membership rolls because they do not update their rolls, but keep members who desert the church on the rolls. Should members who desert the church by not attenhing for a long period of time, be treated as active members when they return and be allowed to participate as though they had never stopped coming. I find it very inconsistant to not allow Christians to participant in non-leadership rolls until they become members. But at the same time, allow members who have deserted the church for long periods, to participate as though they had never left. How do you handle members who have deserted the church for a long period and then return? Do you treat them the same as if they had not deserted the church.