High Expectations   -     By: Thom S. Rainer
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B&H Books / 1999 / Paperback

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On any given Sunday, fewer than one-third of the members in many churches attend worship. That's because churches tend to concentrate on recruitment instead of retention. Now, with results from a research project including more than 300 churches, Dr. Thom S. Rainer proves that the congregations that spend time keeping their members involved, challenged, and informed are the ones that thrive. Most of all, successful churches expect more of their membership. And members rise to the challenge, participating more fully and more often. High Expectations offers specific proven steps for keeping members' interest as its peak, including:
  • New Members Classes
  • A Focus on Giving and Tithing
  • Mission Statements
  • Expository Preaching
  • Active Sunday School
  • Vital Youth Ministry
  • Pastoral Tenure and Stability

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0805412662
ISBN-13: 9780805412666
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For over a quarter of a century the problem of losing church members has progressively increased. Today the situation is so bad that less than one-third of the members in some churches attend worship services. Church leaders are crying for help.In an effort to help church leaders, the Billy Graham School of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary conducted a massive research project involving nearly 287 churches. The most revealing aspect of the study was that the higher expectations placed on members, the greater the likelihood that the members would stay and be involved with the church. Using the data gathered from this project, Thom Rainer presents the first-ever comprehensive study about 'closing the back door.' Rainer looks at why people are leaving the church and how church leaders can keep the members.

Author Bio

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. Also a respected pastor and researcher, he has written more than twenty books and coauthored the No. 1 best seller Simple Church. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, several grandchildren, and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Thom S. Rainer es el presidente y director ejecutivo de LifeWay Christian Resources, una de las mayores editoriales cristianas del mundo. También es reconocido como pastor e investigador, ha escrito más de veinte libros y es coautor del reconocido best seller Iglesia simple. Rainer y su esposa, Nellie Jo, tienen tres hijos adultos, varios nietos y viven en Nashville, Tennessee, EE.UU.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 2, 2008
    Sidney
    Based on research this book truly proves how to close the back door via the front door. It challenges some contemporary thinking and myths with research that demonstrates what real success is today. Not a method but a mentality. Not seeker friendly but spirit focused.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 21, 2008
    Tina Ballew
    I like this book it is very helpful.I only hope that our church can benefit from this study and grow.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 23, 2005
    David R. Bess
    Rainer here addresses the problem all too often found in American churches: losses through the "back door." Many books can be found on how to attract newcomers to a congregation, but what is the key to keeping them? The author answers this question with solid research and Biblical values. In a nutshell, Rainer's research reveals that the secret to keeping members is expecting more of them. Other insights from his research are presented here as well, but the focus of the book is powerful effect of "raising the bar." This title is a keeper for my pastoral library.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 8, 2001
    Anthony Mittelo
    A worthy companion to Rainer's earlier work, Effective Evangelistic Churches. This volume surveys the churches most effective in assimilating and retaining membership. A must have for the church growth library.
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