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Essential Church?

Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

Sam S. Rainer (Author), Thom S. Rainer (Author)

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group


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 in Essential Church?, a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church cowritten 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:

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.

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Item Number 005200736
Language English
Medium Format eBook
Contributors Thom S. Rainer (Author)|Sam S. Rainer (Author)
Publication Date 2010-10-01
Type Non-Fiction
Height 0.75
Pages 200
Product Group Books
ISBN13 9780805449372
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
ISBN10 080544937X


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