Last night at our church we began a new round of small groups and the one that I chose to attend is one that our pastor is leading on what true church membership is like. The group is based on a study of the book, “I am a Church Member” by Thom Rainer. The book itself is a small book that is a very easy read, evidenced by the fact that I got it last night and am almost done reading it at the writing of this blog post. The book is a great reminder to those of us who have been involved in church life for so long about what true participation and growing as a church member looks like. It also is a great introduction into what a church member should be to new Christians who are considering joining a church. Some of the basic things discussed in the book are bing a functioning church member, not letting church be about our own preferences and desires, praying for our leaders, leading our families to be healthy members, and viewing church membership as a gift and not a right. Through just reading I have already been challenged to grow in my role as a believer and church member. I highly recommend reading this book and also doing a study on it in your church. I am really excited to see how God is going to use it in my church and am looking forward to the next several weeks of discussion!