I Am a Church Member


Based on an idea originally taken from this blogI Am a Church Member discusses the attitudes and responsibilities of church members. Rainer addresses in detail what congregations should really be focusing on — praying for church leaders, being a functioning member, treasuring church membership, and more.

Six chapters with these titles include study questions to guide the discussion:

  1. I Will Be a Unifying Church Member
  2. I Will Not Let the Church Be About My Preferences and Desires
  3. I Will Pray for My Church Leaders
  4. I Will Lead My Family to Be Healthy Church Members
  5. I Will Be a Functioning Member
  6. I Will Treasure Church Membership as a Gift

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9781433679735 • 96 pages • Hardcover
Thom Rainer
B&H Publishing Group

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What Others Are Saying About the Book

“I Am a Church Member is a resource that is long past due. It is simple, yet profound. We intend to use it at Sherwood in our Sherwood Story class and new member orientation. This book is a must read if you want your members to understand what it means to be committed to a local church. Read it and then buy copies for potential and new members. It will impact church health and help you close the back door.”—Michael Catt, Senior Pastor, Sherwood Baptist Church Executive Producer, Sherwood Pictures 

“One of the great privileges of my life is to pastor a local congregation of saints. Over the last decade I have seen first hand the fruits of those who understand the content of this book and don’t just go to a church but belong to one. Dr. Rainer has served us all well in this book. He has wrung from the scriptures God’s commands concerning the fullness of life found in Christ among his people in covenant faithfulness. If you love your church, are frustrated with your church, or don’t understand why membership matters, I encourage you to pick this book up and read it.”—Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, Teaching, The Village Church 

“Thom Rainer has tapped into a significant challenge in today’s church that is experiencing a decline in church attendance and membership. I Am a Church Member focuses on the priority that all followers of Jesus Christ should emphasize and that is to serve Him by serving others based on the Biblical instruction set forth in Scripture. “Now [we] are the body of Christ and individual members of it” (1 Cor. 12:27). Thom has masterfully outlined how we should function within the context of the apostles’ teaching and gives us pause to consider just how we should relate to others within the local church—Christ’s words are to individuals that collectively make up the body of Christ. His work takes root in each individual heart.”—Franklin Graham, President & CEO, Samaritan’s Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

“I always tell young business leaders that business is easy . . . until people get involved. Once you bring more than two people in, you’re setting the stage for a lot of disagreements—and a lot of drama. The same is true for churches. In I Am a Church Member, Thom Rainer reminds us that it is possible to have an effective, unified church body—even if the people in the pews have different opinions.”—Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

“What would happen if people didn’t choose a church based on what they could receive from it but what they could give to it? What if they joined not only to be encouraged but to edify; not just to be served but to use their gifts and resources to serve? Dr. Rainer bravely and insightfully answers these questions in I Am a Church Member—a book that every single congregant needs to have in their hands. Small in size but mighty in impact, this resource will remind God’s people of what the church was always intended to be and the power it was always meant to unleash. It is life giving and vision lending to a pastor and his people as they engage in community. God’s house, across the globe, will be better off because of it.”—Priscilla Shirer, Bible Teacher and Author

“According to Thom Rainer, Church membership doesn’t simply have privileges; it is a privilege. And I couldn’t agree more. In I Am a Church Member Thom delivers a biblical perspective and practical approach to church membership. This little book is both refreshing and inspirational. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend you pick it up!”—Andy Stanley, North Point Ministries 

“Following Jesus involves far more than believing; it involves BELONGING. Only as we belong to Christ’s Body can we become what He intends us to be. In fact, it is impossible to grow to spiritual maturity by yourself. You must be connected to the other parts of the Body. This wonderful little book explains the power of belonging to a church family.”—Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church