If the church wants to have some kind of hierarchy, they need not follow after a workplace type of thing. Sure, a pastor could be "the boss" and have the leadership teams under him/her but that should not be. Unification should be the forefront of any church. Full agreement, full unification under God.
Since when is a church supposed to be a country club? New people must be embraced with open arms. I do not see forcing them to join right away to be a wise decision. Pressure is a terrible thing to use when "recruiting Christians" to do others dirty work. Because most churches require membership to participate in certain ministries. Especially in smaller churches.
I also think that forcing "religion" down another's throat is blatantly wrong. Many people are skeptic today and the last thing they want to hear is a sermon. Yes, God is great. We all hear it. I admit I love and follow God. But limiting God to a box just feels terrible to me. The church limits God to a box and seems to think that favor is found in followers. Not true, God loves all of us no matter what. We do have a way of relationship thanks to Jesus, who was pretty much God putting on skin and hair to be among us. To look at the world who disobeyed him/it. (God has no gender, so why is it always "him/he" it's a weird habit dude.)
I cannot stand that God is in a box, God is so much bigger than we can imagine. This endless universe, God is omnipresent! How is that possible! and Omnicient?! what? How crazy and cool is that?
One more thing, I am reading a book by Duffy Robins called Ministry of Nurture for a youth class. And there is interesting ideas in it about discipling youth. To quote him: "One of the first tasks in the Christian nurture of teenagers is to help them come to the point where they possess their own faith”
As a possible future youth worker, it's vital that teens/kids/youth find their own faith. Everyone's life story is their own identity, I have seen many Christians with different stories of their "salvation" and it's so interesting and intriguing. Let people find God on their own and stop forcing a "life change or else" kind of thing. I rant way too much, but I need a place to vent Love y'all