How to Attract and Keep Active Church Members   -     By: Donald P. Smith
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How to Attract and Keep Active Church Members

Westminster John Knox Press / 1992 / Paperback

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This book is a study of church growth and membership retention. The author argues that if a church is to survive, it must concentrate on keeping its current members as well as attracting new ones. He interviews people from six hundred churches of various sizes and reviews the causes of membership decline and retention in those churches. Smith addresses the assimilation of new members, congregational vitality and church growth, and conflict management and its impact on membership retention.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 6 X 9 (inches)
ISBN: 0664251404
ISBN-13: 9780664251406
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In this study of church growth and membership retention, Donald Smith argues that if a church is to survive, it must concentrate on keeping its present members as well as attracting new ones. He interviews people from six hundred churches of various sizes and reviews the causes of membership decline and retention in those churches. He provides evidence that a major problem is membership dropout. He brings together and addresses the assimilation of new members, congregational vitality and church growth, and conflict management and its impact on membership retention. He asserts that churches must meet members' needs in order to attract and keep them.

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Donald P. Smith is retired as General Director of the Vocation Agency of the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). He is the author of Congregations Alive and Empowering Ministry (WJK).

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