After reading this little intro to what it means to be a church member, we are considering having all our membership read it along with making it required reading for a new members' class. From working with church leadership we've realized that the typical church member doesn't realize the responsibility and significance of being a church member. We are not merely joined to Christ at salvation, we are joined to his people. . . it's not just expected that we participate . . it's part of our identity.
I needed to read this helpful writing. The message is plain, clear and well written, using Scripture to teach and remind the reader of our responsibilities as members of our local churches. A great lesson for pastors and teachers to share with their students. Church members will be moved to adjust their attitudes because they further understand the difference it can make.
This book is quick and easy to read/understand. It's Biblically-based, and is a great reminder to all of us church members that we need to look for opportunities to serve. Rainier reminds us that serving God and others is truly a joy and a gift. I downgraded him a bit on "Quality" for a few reasons. First, I'm not crazy about his writing style of asking a pointed question and then answering it in a somewhat condescending way. Read the book and you'll see what I mean. I suppose some people need this "kick in the pants", but most of us are responsible adults. Second, as is typical with evangelical pastors, he writes solely from the extroverted personality viewpoint and doesn't take into account the introverted church member. I heartily recommend that all Christians, especially pastors, read Adam McHugh's "Introverts in the Church". Finally, as is also typical of evangelical pastors, he doesn't acknowledge that each of us will have "seasons" in our lives when we simply will not have time to adequately serve in our church at the level he'd like to see because we have things going on in our lives (such as dealing with aging parents with health issues) that overload us somewhat and keep us from serving in the church as much as we'd like to. All in all, though, this book does have a lot of important reminders that we should meditate and act upon.
I love this book! I come from a church that taught and applied these principles, however, since moving I'm now a member of a church where many are regular attenders and haven't moved forward towards membership. I recommended to my pastor that we give this book out to all who attend our New Members Class. Hopefully that will happen. This book will move all churches forward when it comes to the significance of church membership!