You (we!) are a church member before you are a choir member.
Therefore, it is my opinion that all choir members should be faithful church members first. Church membership has its demands and expectations. Faithful church membership is more important than being faithful to choir.
Choir membership means that you are involved in our music ministry—you show up to practices on Sunday and that’s about all that is expected of you. We have the occasional extra rehearsal, and we try to remember to keep the spiritual aspect of our ministry ever before us, but, for the most part, it is a simple ministry.
It is simple in that it is single.
Church membership is FAR more broad.
As a church member, you are expected by God to worship (and NOT just in music), to serve (and NOT just through music), to encourage others (and NOT just through music), to pray… you get the idea. The term church membership has the whole gamut of church life in view. We have Sunday school classes for the purpose of teaching, outreach, and fellowship, among other things. We have church activities for the purpose of bonding and encouraging one another through activity and common memories. We have Sunday night and Wednesday night church services for spiritual purposes, and the most solid church members would never think them unnecessary to a solid Christian walk with God.
See… church membership is about connecting to something much bigger than just you. And certainly church membership is much bigger than choir membership. Please do not view choir as your end-all ministry. Please do not have the mentality: “I’m in choir, so I’m a pretty involved church member.” View church membership from God’s perspective through His Word, and connect to church first, then choir.