Contact: Dave Schroeder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – B&H Publishers is proud to announce that I Am a Church Member by Dr. Thom Rainer is the overall number one book on the December CBA Best-sellers List for September, October and December.
Published in May, I Am a Church Member has started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members — rather than the functional and theological issues — that previous new member primers all but ignored. The book was created after Dr. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog in January 2012.
Published in May 2013, churches are embracing and studying I Am a Church Member, using it as a way to establish new standards for church membership to have a more active and effective congregation for the Gospel. I Am a Church Member was recently published in Spanish and B&H plans on taking this message to the global church.
I Am a Church Member seeks to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person’s attitude is consistently biblical, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally.
B&H President Selma Wilson added, "It is clear that I Am a Church Member is a much needed resource for the church today. We are amazed, humbled, and driven by the incredible response we have seen from churches who have been moved to action through this message.”
In May 2014, Dr. Rainer will publish Autopsy of a Deceased Church. Also developed from an immensely popular blog post, this new message will address the problem of dying churches through the lens of what can be done to save them. It will provide pastors, church staff, and lay leaders with twelve ways to keep their church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom.
Thom 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 CBA best-seller Simple Church. Rainer and hiswife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, several grandchildren, and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a team of mission-minded people with a passion for taking God’s Word to the world. Because we believe Every Word Matters™ we seek to provide intentional, Bible-centered content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, inspiring them to build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Among our print and digital releases for the trade, church, and academic markets, titles include The New York Times No. 1 best sellers The Love Dare and The Vow as well as the award-winningHCSB Study Bible.