I came across an interesting concept in my research today: “All organizations are plagued by the free-rider problem, but the problem is especially acute for churches.” This, according to Roger Finke, is a situation whereby one “draws upon collective benefits but withholds individual contributions.”
My suggestion for sorting out the “free-rider problem” in the church is this: Christians must become responsible members of the Body of Christ. However, the challenge is how to practice this in the church today. You may share your thoughts based on a Scripture verse (s). Thank you.
Note: To read the actual article, cited in this post, refer to: The Quiet Transformation: Changes in Size and Leadership of Southern Baptist Churches. Author: Roger Finke. Source: Review of Religious Research, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Sep., 1994), pp. 3-22