Resources on the Searching Stage

American Ethical Union, National Presence/Public Relations Committee. Publicity Handbook. 1994. Available from AEU Growth & Development Office.

“Membership 101” — a basic membership workshop offered by members of the AEU Membership Committee. Contact AEU Growth and Development Office to set up a workshop in exchange for travel expenses and, in some cases, an honorarium.

Assimilating New Members by Lyle Schaller (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1978) One of the best resources for membership growth in congregations. It will need some translating from a Christian context. Available for purchase or borrowing from AEU Office

Videotape available from Alban Institute. No. AL121 $49.95

The Inviting Church: A Study of New Member Assimilation by Roy M. Oswald and Speed B. Leas (Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute, 1987). Available for borrowing from AEU Growth & Development Office. Available for purchase from the Alban Institute, No. AL99 $11.95

Making Your Church More Inviting: A Step-by-Step Guide for In-Church Training by Roy M.Oswald (Alban Institute, 1992). No. AL134 $14.95

Welcome! Tools & Techniques for New Member Ministry by Andrew D. Weeks (Alban Institute, 1993). “This tool kit of intentional and compassionate strategies has an encouraging, incremental approach to help even small groups get started quickly. Adapt an additional 34 pages of template forms (available on diskette), brochures, and procedures to your needs while employing Weeks’ point-by-point recommendations.” No. AL136 $15.95

Additional Readings:

George G. Hunter III. How to Reach Secular People. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1992. (An ironic book to us — the Christian church reaching out to disaffected secular people. What can we learn about attracting people who may already be where we are in a lot of ways?)

Public Interest Public Relations. Promoting Issues & Ideas: A Guide to Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations. New York: The Foundation Center, 1987.

Wade Clark Roof. A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.

Lyle Schaller. 44 Ways to Increase Church Attendance. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1992.

——————— Growing Plans: Strategies to Increase Your Church’s Membership.

Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1983.