FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY- Discipling New Church Members
I am giving away a free copy of Thom Rainer’s book, I Am a Church Member, this week on my blog. Here’s what you need to do to win:
1. Follow my blog. If you are not already following, click on the link at the right and sign up.
2. Leave a comment below telling me what your church does, or what you wish it would do, to disciple new members. You must leave me an email address in the comment, so that I can contact the winner.
I will select a winner based on the comments (the person must also be a follower of my blog), and I will announce the winner on Friday afternoon. LifeWay will mail the book directly to you. (By the way, the winner must live in the United States or Canada.)
Posted on July 8, 2013, in Books and tagged books, church, church membership, disciple, discipleship, free book. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
Great question! One thing done at Ingleside to disciple new members is a membership class that outlines the mission of the church. By understanding what the church stands for, a person is encouraged to be “all in.” We have a “come, grow, serve, go” mindset of church membership that begins with becoming a member and growing the faith and continues with serving in the church and taking the gospel to other people and nations.
Thanks for continuing to encourage others with your blog!
I would like to see each new church member assigned to a mentor so that anytime they have a question or concern they will have someone to personally connect with. There should also be some sort of system in place to determine if their mentor is right for them. If a new member is not comfortable with their mentor then there is likely to be little growth which is the last thing we should want to happen. It seems that too many people that do accept Christ have little to no growth. None of us should be content to simply “get into” Heaven.
Thank you so much for this wonderful outreach as I do so look forward to your blogs.
Friendship day is Aug. 4. It goes with the comment I made on your blog.
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I like the idea of having a mentor, too. We also used to have dinner at people’s houses. We have not done that in awhile. This would be good for new member because then they could get to know people from our church that live in their area.
Would like to have a new member’s class in which you (the Pastor) would have to go over what the church stands for and what being a Christian is, also what is the direction of the church. The either bimonthly or once a quarter have a family day luncheon for new members.
Thanks! Lots of great responses for each of you. I have chosen Becca Bartuska as the winner. She will receive a free copy of Thom Rainer’s book, “I Am a Church Member.” For those of you who go to FBC Rincon, you may also have an opportunity to get the book soon, as I plan to start using this book as part of a new member mentorship program, starting next year, and we will give copies to “old” members and train them in how to use this book to disciple new members. So FBC Rincon members, stayed tuned for more details to come!
I wish my church had a direct listing of books on discipleship development for our congregation knew exactly what they could use to learn the full steps of being and DOING the discipleship processes.
We are using the book, “Beginning Steps: A Growth Guide for New Believers,” when somebody accepts Christ. We are currently training mentors to go through the book with them. For those who are already believers and join our church by letter or statement, we give them the book, “I Am a Church Member” by Rainer.
new members need to be disciple because so that they know the word of the living Savior and how to the word of God can be applied to or every day lives. We have to leave those old wise tales/fables behind. We need to learn and be taught the truth of Gods Word.Some people don’t know the word of God and some may have been taught wrong Theology.