Item description for Membership Matters: Insights from Effective Churches on New Member Classes and Assimilation by Charles E. Lawless, Jr. & Chuck Lawless...
Overview Based on a national study, this book shows how churches can move both new andold members into ministry by implementing effective new members' classes.
Publishers Description Insights from Effective Churches on New Member Classes and Assimilation Findings from a national study to improve membership classes and to motivate current members into active ministry How do churches move members---both old and new--- into ministry? Many church staff and lay leaders know they need to start new member classes as a point of entry into their churches but don t know how. This book is based on a national study of effective churches and shows how growing churches implement new member classes and motivate their members into ministry. Membership Matters is designed to be a guide for church leaders wanting to start or improve a membership class. It includes models for classes and examples of resources such as church covenants, class schedules, and lesson outlines. It also gives direction on motivating uninvolved members to participate in ministry. One chapter chronicles an ongoing discussion among pastors of growing churches that are effectively motivating members to do ministry."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Aug 14, 2005
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310262860 ISBN13 9780310262862 UPC 025986262860
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More About Charles E. Lawless, Jr. & Chuck Lawless
Lawless is associate professor and senior associate dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions.
Reviews - What do customers think about Membership Matters?
invaluable tool Mar 8, 2007
Chuck has done a marvelous piece of work evaluating the processes of successful churches. It is an easy and enjoyable read. Personally used it for a small group discussion and also enjoyed giving it to a friend that is in the process of beginning a church. kudo's Chuck!!!
Excellent -- Loaded WithHelpful Information! Jun 27, 2006
This book is THE book to own for a pastor or church leader who needs a resource on new member classes. I've seen several approaches described in various places, but nothing until now that brings the numerous concepts together in one cover. In addition to sound advice in the narrative, there are 15 appendices that offer sample forms and outlines for nearly every step of the new member assimilation process.
Lawless has hit a "home run" here -- for me this title is a keeper!
Insightful and practical Sep 28, 2005
I've known Chuck since he was my grader in Thom Rainer's "Introduction to Church Growth" class at Southern Seminary in the Fall of 1995. During my own M.Div. and Ph.D. work, he became more than a grader. Chuck became my friend.
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.