Dr. Chuck Lawless is the dean of the Billy Graham School of Evangelism and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His book, Membership Matters provides an in-depth look into the how and why of creating membership classes and expectations for members in the local church.
If you are struggling with getting people involved in your church, moving them from pew sitters to workers, or stopping the revolving door of church membership, Membership Matters is a tool that can help you. The book is multi-denominational and well-researched. Further, Dr. Lawless served many years as a senior pastor and he has seen this work first hand. He writes, not from the ivory tower of academia, but as one in the trenches attempting to grow the church of God.