Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | May 13, 2013

Does church membership matter?

Why did you join your church?  Did you join your church like you would join a gym or a country club?  Do you walk out of church each Sunday wondering why you even bother?  Do you serve or do you go to soak in the music, the message, the fellowship or something altogether different?

Being a member of a church, unlike a country club, is not all about you and your needs and desires.  Just because you give an offering or a tithe to your church doesn’t entitle you to complain about the service or threaten to leave when things don’t go your way.

Thom S. Rainer has written a short and simple book entitled “I am a Church Member” that can be read in about an hour.  Each chapter contains a pledge you sign as a church member agreeing to a certain attitude you are willing to either give up or take on as a member of your church.  Discussion questions follow which will help clarify what Rainer has covered in the chapter and make you think about your own church membership.

If you have struggled with church membership, Rainer will show you how to overcome them and why the problem may be a selfish problem.  By understanding which attitudes are necessary and which ones should be cast aside, we will become better church members and your church may become just what you’ve needed all along.

My guess is that the people who should read this book won’t and those that read the book will learn from it.  However, the book doesn’t address the reality that some churches have leadership problems and a lack of accountability between pastors and staff.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive as part of their book review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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