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#1. Healthy church membership means you find your joy in being last, instead of seeking your way and being first. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#2. So if we approach church membership from the perspective of entitlement, we have it upside down. You always ask first what you can do for your church. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#3. Passion means making the choice to do that for which we can make the greatest difference. It means saying no to opportunities that may be good but not the best. It means that the best path is not always the easiest path. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#4. When the church is engaged in meaningful prayer, it becomes both the cause and the result of greater church health. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#5. the health of the church is directly tied to the health of groups in the church. If you are not in a small group, a Sunday school class, or some other type of group, you are not contributing to the health of the church. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#6. And when any internal or external force tried to change the past, they responded with anger and resolution: "We will die before we change." And they did. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#7. Where the money of the church goes, so goes its heart. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#8. We church members must cease and desist becoming "I want" members and become "I will" members. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#9. When the early Jerusalem church members devoted themselves to prayer, they were doing a lot more than reading names off a list. They were fervent, intense, and passionate about prayer. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#10. So, unlike the heroes of Hebrews 11 who held onto nothing of this life, these dying churches held onto everything, at least everything that made them comfortable and happy. Such is the reason we speak of them in the past. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#11. Confident and courageous leaders have no problems pointing out their own weaknesses and ignorance. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#12. Membership in the church is not country club membership. It's not about paying your dues and getting perks. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#13. Being a good steward of those material things that God has given our churches is good. Becoming obsessed with any one item to the neglect of His mission is idolatry. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#14. A church without a gospel-centered purpose is no longer a church at all. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#15. To be simple is to be great. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#16. Members of the dying churches really didn't want growth unless that growth met their preferences and allowed them to remain comfortable. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#17. Churches should evaluate everything they do to determine how it can be done better. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#18. Faith and optimism are contagious. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#19. Even if the church began to grow on its own, the members of the dying church would only accept the growth if the new members were like them and if the church would continue to "do church" the way they wanted it. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#20. Fearful leaders love to stay in the morass of insignificant details. Because the details are usually unimportant, it is difficult to make a mistake of consequence. Of course, it's impossible to do anything of consequence when your focus is on those things that really don't make a difference. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#21. As a church member, I am responsible for encouraging and leading my entire family to worship together in the church. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#22. Church burnout will not take place if we are seeking to please God in our service rather than to please people. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#23. I am suggesting that congregations across America are weak because many of us church members have lost the biblical understanding of what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#24. Make me the father, O Lord, who will show my sons enough of a sense of humor, so that they will always be serious, but never take themselves too seriously. Give them humility, so they will always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#25. The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. - Abraham Lincoln - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#26. Introverts don't like small talk conversation, but they typically don't mind writing. The more people can "see" you on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or a blog, the more they will feel like they know you, even though you don't have one-on-one interaction with them. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#27. Weak leaders of churches blame people and circumstances. Breakout church leaders accept responsibility and see God's possibilities in even difficult situations. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#28. The concept of an inactive church member is an oxymoron. Biblically, no such church member really exists. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#29. Some churches would rather die than to get out of the comfort of the past. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#30. Nine out of ten churches in North America are losing ground in the communities in which they are located. They are declining or growing more slowly than their respective communities. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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#31. Passion is hard to define, but I know it when I see it. - Author: Thom S. Rainer
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