Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last? Read more...
Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there a way for the church member to make an impact that will last?
Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that you can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability.
You can do it. Now it's time to just stand up and say you will
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Statistics on American church membership and attendance are dire, writes Rainer, president and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources, but don't blame the institutional church or denominations. In this little volume, which enjoins the reader to develop a habit of saying "I will" to church commitment, the working assumption seems to be that church members, left to themselves, treat church like a club that exists to serve them. Instead of focusing on what may be wrong in a congregation, members should assume positive attitudes and resolve to attend church more, share time and finances with the church more generously, and bring friends to church more often. Members should also participate in church groups; Rainer suggests that, if one is not in a group, it's possible that one is an "incredibly lazy and uncommitted Christian." While the basic concept is reasonably sound—people are generally happier when they think less about themselves and more about others—Rainer neither shows the limits of the unconditional "I will" nor addresses alternatives to this affirmation in light of serious church dysfunction or abuse. (July)