Mon. Jun 21st, 2021

New Members’ Class Is An Effective Assimilation Tool

Nearly half of the 2,000 churches Dr. Thom Rainer and his researchers studied indicated they offered or required a new members’ class. Though the study did not draw dogmatic conclusions, the relationship between assimilation effectiveness and new members’ classes is amazing.

His researchers examined the retention level of new members over a two-year period and found that churches requiring people to enter membership through a new members’ class have a much higher retention rate than those that do not.

These classes offer an opportunity to delve into myriad topics. The most common topics and the frequency with which they are discussed are listed below:

Frequency of topics covered in new members’ classes

1. Doctrine of the church……………………………………………………..67 percent

2. Polity of the church……………………………………………………….66 percent

3. Examination of the church constitution……………………………………..64.6 percent

4. Explanation of Lord’s Supper/Communion/baptism………………………………63.5 percent

5. Explanation of the church covenant…………………………………………63.2 percent

6. Policies for church discipline…………………………………………….62.5 percent

7. Expectation of members after joining……………………………………….58.7 percent

8. History of the church…………………………………………………….56.5 percent

9. Tour of the church building……………………………………………….56.4 percent

10. Denominational information (if applicable)…………………………………51.6 percent

11. How to become a Christian………………………………………………..49.1 percent

12. Tithing/financial support of the church……………………………………47.4 percent

13. Method/meaning of baptism………………………………………………..41.1 percent

14. Requirements for membership………………………………………………38.9 percent

15. Ministry opportunities in the church ……………………………………..37.2 percent

16. Introduction to spiritual disciplines……………………………………..35.2 percent

17. Introduction to the church staff/leadership………………………………..33.7 percent

18. Explanation of the church’s mission and or Eton…………………………….32.6 percent

19. Inventory of spiritual gifts……………………………………………..29.5 percent

20. Structure/support of missions…………………………………………….21.4 percent

21. Brief evangelism/witnessing training ……………………………………..18.6 percent

The above material was published by Thom S. Rainer, Zondervan, 2001. This material may be copyrighted and should be used for study and research purposes only.

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