Insights from Effective Churches on New Member Classes and AssimilationFindings from a national study to improve membershipclasses and to motivate current members into activeministryHow do churches move members—both old and new—into ministry? Many church staff and lay leaders knowthey need to start new member classes as a point of entryinto their churches but don’t know how. This book isbased on a national study of effective churches andshows how growing churches implement new memberclasses and motivate their members into ministry.Membership Matters is designed to be a guide forchurch leaders wanting to start or improve a membershipclass. It includes models for classes and examplesof resources such as church covenants, class schedules,and lesson outlines. It also gives direction on motivatinguninvolved members to participate in ministry. Onechapter chronicles an ongoing discussion among pastorsof growing churches that are effectively motivatingmembers to do ministry.
Contents List of Illustrations…9 Foreword by Thom Rainer…11 Acknowledgments…15 1. THE CHALLENGE…17 Moving Attenders into Membership and Ministry 2. “WHO’S GOT TIME FOR ANOTHER MEETING?” …31 The Scheduling Issues 3. “WHAT MATTERS MOST TO ME?” …47 The Relationship Issues 4. “WHAT SHOULDWE TEACH?” …63 The Curriculum Issue---Doctrine 5. “WHAT SHOULDWE TEACH?” …77 The Curriculum Issue---Mission and Expectations 6. “BUTWHAT ABOUT THOSEWHO STILL DON’T GET…93 INVOLVED?” The Enlistment Issue 7. “WHERE DOWE START?” …109 The Transition Issue 8. “JUST GIVE ME THE FACTS” …125 A Pastors’ Forum 9. TIM’S STORY…143 Appendix 1: Sample Invitation Letter…151 Appendix 2: “Getting to Know You” Form 1…153 Appendix 3: “Getting to Know You” Form 2…155 Appendix 4: Spiritual Questionnaire…158 Appendix 5: Sample Gospel Presentation…160 Appendix 6: Sample Lesson on the Church…163 Appendix 7: The Expectation Pentagon Worksheet… 165 Appendix 8: Sample Membership Covenant…167 Appendix 9: Ministry Opportunities Checklist…170 Appendix 10: “Discovering Your Ministry” Worksheet…172 Appendix 11: Sample Sermon Outline…175 Appendix 12: New Member Evaluation Form…177 Appendix 13: Spiritual Growth Checklist…182 Appendix 14: Church Survey…183 Appendix 15: New Member Survey…190 Appendix 16: Churches That Participated in This Study…193 Notes…197 Subject Index…201