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Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore: And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make…

by Thom Schultz

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There is a lot in this short book and it will take some time to digest it all. Some of the information is very good and can be utilized, not just by pastors but by other leaders as well, to begin to make some changes that could take the church forward into a new century and a new era. I think they make some excellent points about the need for us to remodel - not the building, but the way we actually do church. Church has not always been what it is today and the notion that there is something sacred about the method of doing church is misguided. Some of the things they suggest are a bit drastic and some would be easier to do in a new church start rather than try to overlay in an established church. In fact, my thought as I was reading was that in an established church, it might be easier to create a second worship based around their model than to try and bring that model into existing structures. I have seen this model before within my own denomination (Christian - Disciples) where it is called World Cafe. The group model is Lifetree Cafe. I like the model, but for those who are, say over 50 or so and used to traditional worship, this model would be a major departure for them, and would meet with serious resistance. Now, the draw back to the book is that while it is a great look at a new model for church and at some of the reasons for using a new model, it is also a long advertisement for their program (Lifetree Cafe) and that detracts from the book. I am not sure how you would create this without that though as that is the example that they work from. The book is very readable with lots of examples of ways to do what they suggest and the four acts of love are an excellent approach to being church, so it is well worth a look. And even if your church is not a place to implement this model as they offer it, there are ways to implement aspects of it and of the 4 acts of love without fully embracing the model. ( )
  Al-G | May 23, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0764488449, Paperback)

The book that will forever change the way you think about church.

The statistics are clear: The American church is in decline. People are leaving in astounding numbers, with no sign of a turnaround. And despite church leaders best efforts to stem the tide, more than 80 percent of people are finding something better to do on Sunday mornings.

Why? Is there hope for the future of the church?

In this groundbreaking new book, Thom and Joani Schultz expose the church practices that are driving people away and thwarting spiritual growth. Yet they also reveal what can bring them back the four keys to reaching the unchurched and the dechurched.

The bad news? Your church is probably missing the mark when it comes to the core of Christianity. The good news? There is hope. Lots of it.

The truth may surprise you...but it can also transform your ministry into something truly irresistible.

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