By George Barna / Tyndale House
World-renowned pollster George Barna has the numbers, and they indicate a revolution is already taking place within the Church – one that will impact every believer in America. Committed, born-again Christians are exiting the established church in massive numbers. Why are they leaving? Where are they going? And what does this mean for the future of the Church? Using years’ worth of research data, and adhering to an unwavering biblical perspective, Barna predicts how this revolution will impact the organized church, how Christ’s body of believers should react, and how individuals who are considering leaving (or those who have already left) can respond. For leaders working for positive change in the church and for believers struggling to find a spiritual community and worship experience that resonates, Revolution is here. Are you ready?
|Why Men Hate Going to Church
By David Murrow / Thomas Nelson
“Church is . . . boring, full of hypocrites, greedy, etc.” You’ve heard the excuses, now read the reasons why institutional Christianity leaves countless men cold. Arguing that many churches create a man-hostile environment, Murrow offers detailed explanations of resulting male/female imbalances. Discover how to meet the real needs of men—and close your congregational gender gap! 224 pages, softcover from Nelson.
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|Grow Your Church from the Outside In: Understanding the Unchurched and How to Reach Them
By George Barna / Gospel Light
Did you know that a vast mission field lies just outside your door? Thousands of people no longer attend church and their numbers are rising. In this exhaustive study, Barna reveals surprising misconceptions about the unchurched, examines their attitudes and values, and offers practical strategies for attracting and retaining them. A must-read for pastors and lay leaders! 165 pages, softcover from Regal.
|The Church in Transition: The Journey of Existing Churches into the Emerging Culture
By Tim Conder / Zondervan Corp.
In our fast-growing post-Christian, postmodern culture, the church often finds itself marginalized and ineffective in mission. The new emerging church is both hopeful and frightening compared to more traditional forms of Christianity. However, these “two churches” need each other. The Church in Transition presents honest stories of the failures and successes of a variety of transitioning fellowships.
|No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a “Come-as-You-Are” Culture
By John Burke / Zondervan Corp.
The age demographic of twelve-to thirty-five-year-olds is America’s most unchurched generation. But God is using innovative new churches to reach thousands of spiritually curious “imperfect people” for his kingdom. This book challenges Christian leaders to engage in the messy art of creating a culture that will reach our postmodern, post-Christian society. This book tells stories of God’s perfect work in the lives of imperfect people, showing that the community of believers is what serves as the final apologetic in a post-Christian age. Although the missional leadership required for creating an authentic new “come-as-you-are” culture may feel uncomfortable at first, it holds hope and healing. This book also teaches leaders how to deconstruct five main barriers standing between emerging generations and Christian faith, revealing how the culture of a church can go from being the unseen enemy to becoming its greatest ally.
|The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Persectives
By Leonard Sweet, ed. / Zondervan Corp.
What happens when five noted Christian thinkers/writers tackle questions concerning the church’s role in this pivotal postmodern era? Pull up a seat and join in the lively roundtable discussion! This stimulating and intriguing book offers individual essays into which the other four authors interject their comments and critique. Foundational reading for today’s church leaders. 263 pages, softcover from Zondervan.