I Am a Church Member

Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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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.

©2013 eChristian (P)2013 eChristian

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excellent book!

A book every christian should read! If all Christians followed the author's biblical advice then most, if not all, churches would be healthy and making a difference in their community and world.

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AWESOME

as always Rainer knocks it out of the park. great book, great reader, great everything. I am a church member is a book every church member should read!

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A pastors open letter

This book read like a study guide for a pastors dream member. This is the membership he imagined when he signed up for ministry. He has now taken the time to write out the instructions on how to make his life easier. If the church is symbolically a “hospital” for sick people , how then do you ask people to pledge how they will present themselves , and the symptoms they can or can not have when they come for help. While i agree with the premise that church membership is a gift and you are there to serve, At some point a pastor and his leadership should take into account how their leadership style or lack there of contributes to country club membership behavior ...

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More negative than encouraging

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.

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Truth!

Every word of this book is practical truth that every church member NEEDS to hear. Every church should make this book required reading for any membership track or class. Every new church member should be given a copy of this book by the local church they join, and every church looking to revitalize and replant should give a copy of this book its current members. Pastor Thom gives us the cold, hard, yet necessary truth about what it means to be a church member. Eye opening to say the least, this practical teaching gives pastors the tools necessary to teach their congregations what is to be expected of them and implores them to change their perspective from that of inwardly-focused, self-serving and selfish individuals to outwardly-focused, servant-minded and Christlike church MEMBERS. This is also a must read for any pastor called to revitalize and/or replant a church.

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Great Book for Church Membership!

Our pastor asked us to read this book for our new members orientation and I must say it was a brilliant read (listen). I hope all church members, new and old, have a chance to read! It’s a truly inspiring story!

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Its good! Brings a biblically accurate understanding of what it means to be a church member. applicable and a total wake up call for me.

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A Must Read

I'm Pastor David Ramos. I really enjoyed this book. It's a must read. I will enjoy reading this again and bring book to bible class.

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Exceptional!

Really appreciated the insights in this book and would love to see a study program for churches to impliment these ideas!

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A MUST read if you seek a Kingdom mindset.

Relevant. Refreshing. Thought-provoking. Corrective. IMPACTFUL.

Being exposed to this very readable book has helped me see that I've been very 'out of order' in so many ways. I am grateful for the Lord's graciousness in allowing me time to change course and become a far better church member.

I thank God for instructing our local Charlotte NC church Pastor (Barrington Johnson) to expose his assigned flock at New Zion Missionary Church to this great work. I wonder how much more effective I could have been during my first 15 years at my local church if I'd have been exposed sooner, and I wish so much that my now deceased former Pastor (Henry Williams Jr). could have had the benefit of having the church exposed to this teaching.

But all things in God's time. Now that we know better, we can do better. Speaking personally, I know I will, anyway.

I will pray that more local churches become exposed to this wonderful resource, as it can be a catalyst to be a game changer.

Lisa Moorehead Robinson