Applying the Golden Rule in the Branch Church

The application of the Golden Rule enters into every aspect of branch church activity. It is especially called for in dealing with members who have become inactive for one reason or another. Branch churches rightly desire that all members actively participate in church activities and business meetings. Some churches have a bylaw requiring attendance at a certain number of business meetings each year. But great injustice may be done the inactive member unless the efforts to reach him and reactivate him are carried on with brotherly love, mercy, and justice.

If a member is no longer active on committees, does not attend business meetings, and perhaps misses many of the church services, this should not be ignored. It may well be that such a member needs the loving interest and understanding of his fellow members. Many churches have a committee whose duty it is to contact such members in the endeavor to bring healing to the situation.

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