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Book Review – I Am a Church Member

June 18, 2013

The prolific author and President and CEO of LifeWay, Thom Rainer’s latest book is I Am a Church Member.[1] This book was just waiting to be written by someone. It turns out Rainer was the perfect person to pen this project. The small book is full of rich material and is invaluable for every church in every denomination.

Rainer did not focus on the theological issues which make each church distinctive as many authors do. Instead, he speaks to the attitudes or behaviors of church members. After all, each church have many distinctives, but they all have unique members who imperfect. These unique imperfections make the church great, yet difficult at the same time. Rainer speaks to the issues which have plagued preachers and pastors for years.

Each of the six chapters addresses a different issue. They speak of functioning as a church member (chapter 1), being a unifying force in the church (chapter 2) and leaving your preferences at the door (chapter 3). Rainer continues to address the need for church members to be in continual prayer for church leadership (chapter 4) and leading the family to be healthy church members (chapter 5). He closes with reminding the church and the privilege of membership is a gift.

I recommend each pastor purchase a copy of this wonderful book. It will not take but a few hours to read. But the benefits will be long reaching. Share them with your leadership and staff. It is excellent for a Sunday School class, or Wednesday night studies. Give them away in new member classes and after baptisms. LifeWay stores have the book for $5 each when you purchase a case of twenty. Regardless of your denominational affiliation, this is a must have book for a pastors shelf. This book is small and powerful, get it!


[1] Thom S. Rainer. I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2013

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3 Comments
  1. This sounds like an amazing book! As a pastor’s daughter and as a saint, a book like this helps both the minister and the member. It seems the church is the only place that often doesn’t come with a “members manual” with descriptions, etiquette, etc. Knowing your guidelines and how best to be a contributing member as well as helping the pastor is key to success as a Christian!

    Going on the list!

    • Charity,

      Thanks for the input from a “PK.” Churches typically train their members in theology and how to apply it. For some reason they skip the “protocol & expectations” instruction. Considering many of church goers are new to the church, it would do us well to give them this instruction. Give them the tools for success.

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