Essential Church? by Thom S Rainer
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Essential Church?
By Thom S Rainer

Essential Church?

Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

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Essential Church? by Thom S Rainer

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780805443929
ISBN-10: 0805443924
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 160mm x 23mm)
Pages: 259
Imprint: Broadman & Holman Publishers
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Thom S Rainer

Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S Rainer Autopsy of a Deceased Church, Hardback (May 2014)

Best-selling author of "Simple Church" and the runaway hit "I am a Church Member," Thom Rainer uses his twenty-five years of experience helping churches grow and reverse the trends of decline to expose twelve lessons on how to keep your church alive!

I Am a Church Member by Thom S Rainer I Am a Church Member, Hardback (May 2013)

Rainer takes you on a journey to discover-- or rediscover-- the privilege and the joy of church membership. He shows you how to make a real commitment to your church, and make a positive impact on its community and the world.

Simple Church by Thom S Rainer Simple Church, Paperback / softback (June 2011)

Now in paperback, this multi-awarded nationalbest sellershares a clear message from case studies of 400 North American congregations: church is done best when it's kept simple."

Millennials by Thom S Rainer Millennials, Hardback (January 2011)

New social, economic, and spiritual findings on the Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000), based on direct interviews with 1,200 members of the generation, are reported from a Christian worldview perspective.

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Author Biography - Thom S Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies worldwide, and the best-selling coauthor of "Simple Church." Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons and live in Nashville, Tennessee.Sam S. Rainer is a senior pastor, writer, and the president and CEO of Rainer Research. He also blogs and writes a column for "Outreach "magazine and lives with his wife, Erin, in Floyds Knobs, Indiana.

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