ECPA's Rush To Press


Contact: Dave Schroeder
Vice President, Communications

NASHVILLE, Tenn (March 1, 2016) – B&H Publishing Group is pleased to announce I Am a Church Member (June 2013) by Dr. Thom S. Rainer has sold over 1 million copies. Hundreds of thousands of pastors, church leaders and members have studied it in small groups, Sunday School classes, and home fellowships. The book has also been a regular feature in the #1 spot on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Since its release, Rainer has released two other bestselling books, Autopsy of a Deceased Church and I Will.

I Am a Church Member was also recognized as “Best of the Best” in the Leaders Outer Life category for Leadership Journal Magazine in 2013.

I Am a Church MemberAutopsy of a Deceased Church, and I Will have been used to help the person in the pew understand their role in the church as well as to help leaders understand how to revitalize their church. All three books were based on popular blogs from

“I am humbled by how these books have been used to bear fruit in the church.” Dr. Rainer continued, “These messages were developed by listening to and engaging with pastors and church members from around the country and through many years in ministry. It’s my prayer that they will continue to bear fruit in the form of biblically healthy, self reproducing churches for generations to come.”

Testimonies of the impact of I Am a Church Member have poured in to B&H Publishing. Since its release, Houston’s First Baptist Church shared on Twitter that they purchased 6,000 copies of I Am a Church Member to give to their members. Erik Reed, pastor of The Journey Church in Tennessee has seen the benefit of using the book in his church: “Going through I Am A Church Member has been huge. I’ve received countless statements from congregants on how insightful it has been for them. It will be a resource we give to every new member.”

“I have been blessed to have worked with Dr. Rainer for nearly fifteen years and have seen him lead churches through incredible change,” noted Jennifer Lyell, B&H trade book publisher. “Dr. Rainer has spent his time in ministry listening to and serving church leaders and members to develop his books. We are incredibly humbled and blessed to see God work through I Am a Church Member to call so many to faithful church membership.” I Am a Church Member continues to sell briskly and stays on top of bestseller lists as new churches are discovering and utilizing it each day.

Dr. Rainer will release Who Moved My Pulpit?: Leading Change in the Church with B&H Publishing Group in June 2016. This book will equip church leaders with the tools to lead change in a culture where the future of Christians and churches in America is portrayed as bleak and irrelevant. Nearly nine out of ten churches are either declining, or they are growing more slowly than communities in which they are located. Who Moved My Pulpitwill help leaders embrace change and guide complacent and comfortable church members to action.


B&H Publishing Group, an imprint of LifeWay 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”, #1 CBA/ECPA best-sellers “I Am a Church Member” and “Fervent” as well as the award-winning “HCSB Study Bible”, which features the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation. Follow us on Twitter at @BHPub and on Facebook.