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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