Assimilation and Evangelism

Assimilation: the Church Involving and Keeping Its Members, Lyle Muller, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1986.

Assimilating New Members, Lyle E. Schaller, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1978.

Close the Back Door: Ways to Create a Caring Congregation Fellowship
Alan F. Harre, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1984.

The Inviting Church: A Study of New Member Assimilation, Roy M. Oswald and Speed B. Leas, The Alban Institute, Washington DC, 1987.

New Member Assimilation: Practical Prevention of Backdoor Loss Through Frontdoor Care, Joel D. Heck, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1988. (available from author)

Welcoming Church as Home: An Assimilation Manual, editor, Jerry Kosberg, Concordia Publishing House, 1996.

Volunteer Ministries

Congregational Stewardship Workbook 2000, Education Section, “Building Effective Volunteer Ministry” Chapter. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 2000. (order through your District office for lower price)

How to Mobilize Church Volunteers, Marlene Wilson, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, 1983.

Sharing the Ministry: A Practical Guide for Transforming Volunteers into Ministers, Jean Morris Trumbauer, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, 1995.

See also "Mobilizing Members for Mission”.