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High Expectations: The Remarkable Secret for Keeping People in Your Church [Paperback]

By Thom S. Rainer (Author)
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An extensive research project revealed this telling fact: the higher the expectations you place on church members, the greater the likelihood they'll stay in your flock. Using the results of this project, Rainer explains how to "close the back door" of your church---so members can grow in faith as well as in number

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For over a quarter of a century the problem of losing church members has progressively increased. Today the situation is so bad that less than one-third of the members in some churches attend worship services. Church leaders are crying for help. In an effort to help church leaders, the Billy Graham School of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary conducted a massive research project involving nearly 287 churches. The most revealing aspect of the study was that the higher expectations placed on members, the greater the likelihood that the members would stay and be involved with the church. Using the data gathered from this project, Thom Rainer presents the first-ever comprehensive study about 'closing the back door.' Rainer looks at why people are leaving the church and how church leaders can keep the members.

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Studio: B&H Books
Pages   219
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 1999
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805412662  
ISBN13  9780805412666  

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More About Thom S. Rainer

Thom S. Rainer Thom S. Raineris the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. Also a respected pastor and researcher, he has written more than twenty books and coauthored the No. 1 best sellers"Simple Church"and"I Am a Church Member." Rainer and hiswife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, several grandchildren, and live in Nashville, Tennessee. VisitThomRainer.comto learn more."

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Expectations  Aug 23, 2005
For some this book will appear to just be a series of numbers and facts. However, the diligent will learn that Dr. Rainer goes beyond the stats to help them to see what is indeed working in our country and culture in the quest to reach people for the Kingdom. There is both encouragement and conviction to be found here. There are also some great ideas that perhaps the reader has not thought of doing. I recommend it be read by every pastor and church leader.
Increasing Retention by Raising the Bar  Jul 23, 2005
Rainer here addresses the problem all too often found in American churches: losses through the "back door." Many books can be found on how to attract newcomers to a congregation, but what is the key to keeping them? The author answers this question with solid research and Biblical values. In a nutshell, Rainer's research reveals that the secret to keeping members is expecting more of them. Other insights from his research are presented here as well, but the focus of the book is powerful effect of "raising the bar." This title is a keeper for my pastoral library.
A Must Read for Church Leadership  Aug 5, 2003
If you're involved in church leadership, either on staff or on a board, you owe it to yourself to read this book. There are many books out there based on opinion or the experience of one church--often a mega-church--and that's fine. But the detail and research behind this book make it unique and remarkable because it applies to every church of any size anywhere in the world. It's not the only book you'll use to develop a leadership strategy, but it may save you ten years of trial and error and hundreds of hours of meetings. Buy it for yourself, read it, and then get copies for everyone in leadership. I did.
A good survey of a survey of Southern Baptist churches  Aug 6, 2001
This book is basically an explanation of a survey done on 287 southern Baptist churches. The main secret to keeping people in your church is to assimilate them into the Sunday School program. The author spares no words to describe the importance of having an evangelistic Sunday School program. He points out that churches have often seen Sunday school as a discipleship or educational program, but that we need to learn from these SBC churches that long term health and growth are best secured by giving the Sunday school department a revamped, evangelistic thrust. The survey results also suggest that if you communicate that Sunday school attendance is expected of all new members, then you will have a greater chance of keeping them active once they are assimilated into a class.

But it should be kept in mind that every church culture is different. Pastoring a church where Sunday school is an available option is nice. But to make it an expectation of all members can risk the ire of some of the long standing members of the congregation. In short, some of the suggestions the author makes will be easier to assimilate into your church than others. You have to know your people and have a sense of what the Holy Spirit is saying, and a sense of what will and will not fly in your parish.

Effective churches reach and keep new members.  Jul 13, 1999
High Expectations is a great resource for those seeking to understand the dynamics of evangelistic growth and effective discipleship. The many graphs and charts provide a visual checklist of the characteristics of high assimilation congregations. The book is more of a companion to "Effective Evangelistic Churches" rather than a stand-alone resource. At times Rainer jumps to conclusions that are out of character, such as "Mission Statements are more important than vision statements"... which is based upon research showing high assimilation churches tend to have mission statements (64.3%) rather than vision statements (42.9%).

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