Notable Voices – August 15, 2013

Seven Expectations of Every Church MemberSam Rainer

A new member class should communicate three simple keys about your church: information, doctrine, and expectations. Information and doctrine can vary from church to church depending on your size, model, and denomination, but these seven expectations fit almost every church.


Writing and Speaking for IntrovertsChris Guillebeau

Chris, an introvert like me, shares how he has learned to adapt and overcome to share his message with wider audiences.


Seminary Wives: 10 Encouragements for the JourneyMelissa Kruger

Schools and colleges are starting up around the country. In fact, I was in North Carolina earlier this week leading a seminary faculty workshop as they prepared to start classes. Melissa provides some encouragement for seminary wives as the fall semester kicks off.


7 Surprises Since Becoming a PastorRon Edmondson

Since Ron came into the pastorate later in life, his perspective is different than most and something we can learn from. In this post, he shares seven things that have surprised him since he has become a pastor.


How Does a Pastor Conduct the Funeral of Someone He Did Not Know?Brian Croft

Conducting a funeral for someone you don’t know is one of the hardest things a pastor does. Brian has some practical advice for how to handle such a difficult situation.


  1. says

    I have purchased over 300 books (“I Am A Church Member”) and now have my first membership class. Do you have any suggestions how I could use the book to make the class engaging and discuss the material in the book.
    I will have approx. 40 in the class and they have the book to read before the class this Sunday

    Thank you and God Bless,


    • Thom Rainer says

      Thanks so much for getting the books Nacho. I suggest you take one question at the end of each chapter and use that as a launching point for group discussion.

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