Essential Church? Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

ISBN-10: 0805443924
ISBN-13: 9780805443929
Edition: 2008
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Description: Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered inEssential Church?, a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-sellingSimple Churchcowritten this  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered inEssential Church?, a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-sellingSimple Churchcowritten this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer. The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called "church dropouts" who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite surprising, having less to do with "losing their religion" and more about the desire for a community that isn’t made stale by simply maintaining the status quo. In turn, the Rainers offer churches four concrete solutions toward making their worship community an essential part these young people’s lives again: nbsp;Simplify- develop a clear structure and process for making disciples. Deepen- provide strong biblical teaching and preaching. Expect- let members know the need for commitment to the congregation. Multiply- emphasize evangelism, outward focus, and starting new churches.

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. He served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. Rainer graduated from the University of Alabama in 1977. He earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. Rainer is the author of twenty-two books, including Breakout Churches, Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, The Millennials, and Essential Church. His book, I Am a Church Member, hit #1 on the CBA best-seller list.

Acknowledgments
Introducing the Essential Church
Why People Leave the Nonessential Church
My Faith Is Not My Parents' Faith
Looking for a Different Kind of Community
That's Life! It Changes
A New Spin on Hypocrisy
All Eyes on the Main Man
How Essential Churches Close the Back Door
The Essential Church and the Back Door
Simplify: Getting the Structure Right
Deepen: Getting the Content Right
Expect: Getting the Attitude Right
Multiply: Getting the Action Right
Conclusion: Building an Essential Church: A Case Study
About the Authors
Notes

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