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Membership Matters: Insights from Effective Churches on New Member Classes and Assimilation Hardcover – August 14, 2005
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I'm currently serving as chairman of my home church's Long-range Planning Committee. One area in which we've identified a great need for improvement is in our new member orientation and current member commitment and service. I consider it providential that in researching books to aid in our task, I came across Lawless' work on those very subjects. I read "Membership Matters" over two days, taking copious notes in the margins and underlying liberally.
Few books address membership classes and church member assimilation. Thom Rainer's "High Expectations" called churches to ask more from members as a means of increasing church health and commitment. Lawless' book moves a step further by providing a practical guide for church pastors and leaders to design and implement membership classes, not only to better incorporate new members, but also to inspire older, non-serving members to get involved in ministry service.
Buy this book. Digest it. Discuss it. But more importantly, put its suggestions into practice.
Lawless has hit a "home run" here -- for me this title is a keeper!
Chuck Lawless is professor and senior associate dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In, Membership Matters, his education and expertise are on the bottom shelf for all to reach.
Membership Matters is a compilation and application of insight gathered from a national study of the membership processes of many effective churches. The study answers multiple questions: How do effective churches implement new membership classes? How do they move newcomers into membership? How do they motivate stagnant members to get moving? What should a member class teach?
Lawless begins by chronicling some of the many reasons why we must give priority to membership classes. First, congregants are much more likely to stay committed if they are expected to commit up front. Second, relationships are the glue that hold many people to the church. Those relationships, especially between the lead pastor and his sheep, are first kindled in the membership class.Read more ›
Of course, one would expect most books to represent the views of the authors. But while Lawless occasionally gives his recommendations on action, a lot of it is reporting results of his polling research and giving options allowing the reader to adapt the findings to his or her situation.
Every pastor should have this book. So should anyone involved in Christian education. I would even suggest it as a textbook for Bible colleges and seminaries.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy reading material, but more material/information. Was necessary.Published on August 19, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Great topic and it gives practical ways on how to get people plugged in, from the time that they set foot on the parking lot to leading a ministryPublished on March 12, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I'm coming from 26 years in aerospace and 46 years as a Christian. Recently asked to serve on a Membership and Assimilation Committee of a Southern CA church with a member... Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by David T. Kirby