Best-selling author and ministry leader Thom S. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog. I Am a Church Member started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members - rather than the functional and theological issues - that previous new member primers all but ignored.
Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person's attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally.
Six intentional chapters with study questions guide this rising discussion.
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I got this book because a church member recommended it. I'm a youth pastor/ associate at a relatively small church. We are between pastors right now and this member thought this would our church.
I listened to it in one sitting and I was not encouraged. Intentionally or not, this book seemed to make a list of faults and say, "this needs to change." Not many examples of how it's done right.
The information isn't bad. The premise is good, but delivery was bad. I'm tired of Christian leaders telling me how bad I am. Tell me how good I can be.
I honestly won't recommend this book any time soon.
This concise book identifies numerous membership problems facing churches today.Rainer offers great advice to the Body of Christ for overcoming and avoiding the effects of such problems and wrong patterns of thought that have invaded the church.
I enjoyed listening and getting an understanding of what membership means. I "grew up in church" as most of Christians do, but don't really apply those steps listed in the book. I do suggest everyone who attends a local place of worship to get this.
Thom does a great job going over what it really means to be a church member and not someone who coasts in and out every Sunday, spreading gossip when so and so isn't around.
Ray Porter does a fantastic job bringing this book to life. His pauses and emphasis on certain words, etc is phenomenal.
I listened to this book all in one sitting while taking notes, pausing to find the verses in the bible.
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