Rocking the Church Membership Boat: Counting Members or Having Members Who Count

Overview

Linn challenges us to change the way we define church membership and to view it as a spiritual discipline. He introduces us to a new concept of membership, "covenant membership," in which the church and its members are bound together in a relationship of mutual support and responsibility.
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Overview

Linn challenges us to change the way we define church membership and to view it as a spiritual discipline. He introduces us to a new concept of membership, "covenant membership," in which the church and its members are bound together in a relationship of mutual support and responsibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827232242
  • Publisher: Christian Board of Publication
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Linn is co-pastor of Spirit of Joy Christian Church, Apple Valley, Minnesota. He is the author of several books from Chalice Press, including How to Be an Open-minded Christian without Losing Your Faith, Rocking the Church Membership Boat, The Jesus Connection, and Reclaiming Evangelism.

Jan Linn is co-pastor of Spirit of Joy Christian Church, Apple Valley, Minnesota. He is the author of several books from Chalice Press, including How to Be an Open-minded Christian without Losing Your Faith, Rocking the Church Membership Boat, The Jesus Connection, and Reclaiming Evangelism.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. Covenant Membership: Making Things Better in the Church 7
2. The Percentage Game: The Way Things Are 29
3. A Brief Excursus: How Things Got This Way 43
4. Church Shopping: Making a Bad Situation Worse 49
5. Biblical Reflections: Testing Membership "Spirits" 57
6. Holding Up Progress: Personal Obstacles to Covenant Membership 69
7. Privatized Religion: The Enemy of Covenant Community 79
8. Adaptation: Stability in a Sea of Change 85
9. Traveling Light: Proper "Dress" for a Covenant People 97
10. Educating Ministers: A Covenant Challenge to Seminaries 107
11. Staying in the Church: Some Personal Reflections 115
12. Questions from Ministers and Laity 121
Notes 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    If your church is losing members, real help is here ...

    Jan Linn has written a book on how to develop real church members. To fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples -- not just merely getting people to attend church. Discipleship is more than catering to consumerism of the day. A must read for all those who believe the Gospel is the message, an not necessarily a watered-down service or a consumer-driven church.

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