Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Essential Church" Book And Retreat

Here is a new resource that you must not miss!

Why do so many young adults (ages 18-22) leave the church and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined in Essential Church? Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts, a follow-up to Thom Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church co-written this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer.

This 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, this book offers churches four concrete solutions toward making their worship community an essential part of these young people’s lives again. Read more here.

Personally, I suspect that these solutions will apply not only to young adults, ages 18-22, but to many adults of all ages who have just faded away from our churches.

A companion resource to this book will be an Essential Church Retreat held February 26-28, 2008 at Ridgecrest Conference Center where church leaders can explore this research study further and collaborate with others in crafting their own church ministry applications.

Some may perceive this resource as just the next fade book or ministry wave to catch. For me, I don’t think so as long as church leaders look objectively at the research findings and work hard at making specific and strategic ministry adjustments and applications in their own church settings.

Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!