"I Am a Church Member" started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities bulk download, books for entire church, multiple books, church member. Dr. Rainer's book does not get into all the biblical arguments for church membership. His book I Am a Church Member is important for Christians to read to. I Am a Church Member seeks to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members. It addresses--without apology--what is expected of those.
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I Am a Church Member book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Best-selling author and ministry leader Thom S. Rainer drew a. Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without . There are scores of books on what it means to be a good pastor of a church. The same I Am a Church Member is a resource that is long past due. It is simple.
Managing Director, Exponential As a church member I have the privilege to unite with the body of Christ in making an eternal difference through my giftedness in His service. Church membership is an honor, privilege, and joy.
Where would I be without the fellowship, encouragement, and edifying of the church? I am so thankful to Thom Rainer for making that reality come alive in this book! Pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia So much ink has been spilled to critique the church that it has almost become sport.
Here, Thom Rainer offers a positive vision of healthy church membership and deep value for the Bride of Christ. There's a deficit of books like the one in your hands, a rare treasure for a generation deeply in need of a compelling vision for this community called church. Wise, simple and sweet, practical and even piercing--this brief volume, if read and digested, helps us to follow Christ. It comes complete with questions to be considered and pledges to be made. Thom Rainer has written a book to instruct new members and to remind long-time members that true discipleship may sometimes be heroic; it must always be humble.
This little book is both refreshing and inspirational. I highly recommend you pick it up! North Point Ministries For many years, the Lord has used Thom Rainer to encourage and challenge church leaders to be evangelistic, raise expectations, design a discipleship process, reach millenials, etc.
And the Church has benefited. Now, the Lord will use this helpful book to encourage church members to discover or rediscover the privilege and responsibility of belonging to a local church.
And the Church will benefit. Senior Pastor, Mariners Church There are scores of books on what it means to be a good pastor of a church.
The same cannot be said for books on what it means to be a good member of a church. Thom Rainer helps cure the latter malady in this brief work that is biblical, simple and practical.
This book is an easy read. It is also a convicting read. And, it is greatly needed when so many who attend church have a "what can I get" mentality rather than a "what can I give" mindset.
The six commitments are actually six popular cliches which church leaders around the world love to use in sermons and in publications to guilt church people into being regular church attendees. The best read: worst part about each chapter, is that they conclude with a pledge for the reader to sign and date!
You made a commitment. You signed on the dotted line. Are you going to break your word? Are you a liar?
Nobody is perfect. Not even my pastor. No matter what, I will support my pastor and pray for him every single day.
I will bring my entire family to church with me, because the future of my family, the church, and the entire world depend on it. I love being a member of this church, and I never, ever, want to stop being a member.
I promise. Yes, yes, my summaries are a bit snarky. I am using satire to point out how guilt-laden and performance-driven these commitments are.
Why do I feel so strongly about this?
Because I am tired of church leaders with expensive church buildings and bloated church budgets trying to shore up their ineffective church programs by demanding further sacrifice and greater commitments from tired and weary church members. While there may be some people are leaving institutional Christianity because they are rebelling against God or forsaking Jesus, the vast majority are leaving so that they can better follow Jesus into the world.
Look, being a church member has nothing to do with sitting in a pew on Sunday morning, listening to a sermon and praying for your pastor, giving your money to support a local church budget, and making commitments to serve on a church ministry program.
Are we all members of one Body?