Ask For the Ancient PathsThe sub title of this book is “Discovering What Church is Meant to Be.”  I was given this book for free because this is something that I’ve been wondering ever since I decided that I didn’t necessarily agree with the practices of what I had learned growing up in the faith and began to find myself wondering whether the truth was closer to what the New Testament church practiced than where we find ourselves today.

Most Christians tend to try to place their tradition with the founders, and with good reason.  Even at the time of the Apostles there were many different types of apostate beliefs circulating around—the Judiazers and the Gnostics being two of the more well known ones.  So it doesn’t surprise me when I read anyone making the claim that they are the true church.  What fascinates me is that this book showed me that I really didn’t know my history as well as I should.

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Surprising Insignts from the UnchurchedMy pastor gave me this book to read, as I’ve been recently doing a lot of reading on why people go to church, or more specifically, why people are no longer going to church.  Many atheists would like to believe that people are determining that the Word of God is false, but I’m more convinced that the problem isn’t with the Word of God, but with us, His messengers.

Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them covers a study that was done by Thom S. Rainer and spends a lot of its focus on a specific group of people—those that were not coming to church but that are now coming for a significant stretch of time.

The concept is solid—if you’re going to find out why people are leaving or what makes people attend church in the first place, it’s best to ask those that were previously unchurched why they came back.

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The-Stupid-Things-That-Keep-Churches-From-GrowingAs someone that is involved in the leadership of a local church, I find that I often have to think about what we’re doing as a church—why is it that some that come in the door never return, or why is it that some people leave in the first place.

That’s one of the reasons that I picked up Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes.  I was hoping to gain some insight into what makes churches grow or not grow.

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As the one in charge of helping plan our church’s outreach and discipleship program, I have been very interested in anything related to why people attend church—or better yet, why they do not.  That’s part of the reason that I read Ten Stupid Things that Keep Churches From Growing, and it’s also the reason why this book, Why Men Hate Going to Church, was so appealing.

You see, being an adult male that has grown up in and around churches my entire life, as well as being able to witness five or six different church bodies up close, I have been well aware of how much our church is lacking in men with vision and passion to get things accomplished.  Do the headcount in any of these church bodies and you will find that there are easily more men than women.

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