Love Your Church

8 Great Things About Being a Church Member

By Tony Merida, foreword by Ray Ortlund
from 4 reviews

How to grow in love for your church.

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God calls us to be "devoted to one another in love" (Romans 12:10). What does this look like for us today? How can we be the kind of church member who makes a real difference?

This timely and engaging book by Tony Merida explores what church is, why being part of it is exciting, and why it’s worthy of our love and commitment. He sets out eight privileges and responsibilities of a church member: to belong, to welcome, to gather, to care, to serve, to honour, to witness and to send.

Whether you're new to your local church or have been attending for some time, this book will re-energise you with God’s vision for the local church.

A discussion guide at the end of book makes Love Your Church a great resource for reading with other church members.

Accompanying free downloads are available that can be used for small groups. There are downloadable worksheets, a PDF version of the book's discussion guide, introductory videos for each chapter and more.

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  • Intro: Family
  • 1. Belong
  • 2. Welcome
  • 3. Gather
  • 4. Care
  • 5. Serve
  • 6. Honor
  • 7. Witness
  • 8. Send
  • Outro: Love Your Church

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Contributors Tony Merida, Ray Ortlund
ISBN 9781784986087
Format Paperback
First published June 2021
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 13mm
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company

Adam Ramsey

Lead Pastor, Liberti Church, Gold Coast, Australia; Network Director, Acts 29 Australia & New Zealand

The kind of book that I want to put into the hands of every person in our church. It reads like a conversation with a wise friend over a coffee, patiently walking us into a compelling vision of what Jesus wants our church to look like. Each chapter comes loaded with practical and easily implementable next steps.

Rory Shiner

Senior Pastor, Providence City Church, Perth, Australia

It’s easy to say grand things about the church as an abstract concept. It’s possible to propound a high view of ‘the church’, all the while having a relatively low view of the actual churches we go to. This book is a pastor’s call to love ‘the church’ by loving our churches. Through eight short, punchy chapters, Tony encourages us to embrace all that God has for us in the motley crew that makes up the local church.

Al Stewart

National Director, FIEC Australia

Jesus loves his church—his bride—enough to die for her. Often we can take our church for granted, be lukewarm or lazy (going through the revolving door of church life on someone else’s push). Yet to belong to the people of God is a great privilege and responsibility. Tony Merida shows us from the Bible the why and how of loving our church. His message is clear and urgent, because loving our church will have value into eternity.

Customer reviews


“Love Your Church - Excellent”

This in an excellent, gospel driven book with content that gets to the heart of each chapter heading without being overly scholarly or intimidating for the average church member. The only thing I would have personally liked to see as a charasmatic would have been an awareness of the life of the spirit in the church, although I do love that the chapters on caring and serving are given the context of the fruit and the gifts of the spirit.


“Timely realistic resource.”

Excellent resource for such a time as this as we emerge from Covid restrictions and some 'back to church' persuasion.


“a gift to the church!”

I was not expecting to be this encouraged or convicted from this book. Tony Merida has written a book that is a true gift to the local church.
His exhortation of Scripture, information, encouragement to his reader, and practical applications at the end of every chapter leave me excited to love my church more.
This book is so needed (especially in the American church) and I pray it greatly blesses local churches around the country!



There is a really wonderful selection of books, encouraging people with a deep faith who want to study more, but also for those in the questioning area of their lives. They cover every aspect of the Christian life, children included. Prices are competitive. If you can’t find it here, you won’t find it anywhere.

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