No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than 25 years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered 12 consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it's not gloom and doom because from those 12 themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged. Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ's Kingdom!
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Great book. No bloat. Not everything will apply, but at the verry least it will make you think and give you a great perspective. Well done.
The author is authentic and practical. He has obviously been sent to help churches who seek councel beforehand succeed. If you're even thinking of joining ministry ...Get this book.
Classics, biographies, mysteries.....so many things to read and enjoy!
Our senior pastor retired after a very long pastorate and the church members need guidance and direction for the journey ahead. I started, after prayerful consideration, by purchasing an additional ten copies of this book to hand out to our leadership.
The book met my expectations and in some areas exceeded it. The narrator spoke with clarity and the book gave great details and insight for every church regardless of the staff the church is in.
I am there. I pastor of a church that is treading the thin line of survival. Thom Rainer did not build the pages with fluff but instead was very direct in assessing most churches today. even on those chapters of what can a church do, he speaks directly to the point. And it is information the church already knows but simply refuses to do and that is be the church. Pray, worship, serve, love, follow, sacrifice. It is the DNA of Christ and should be the DNA of His body as well.
The book help me to come to closure for my deceased church. I shall take the advise in excepting it demise by transferring it's last procession to a new church ministry. New Jerusalem Community Worship Cathedral will start with it's main focus on community outreach. With all prayer and devotion on Matthew 28: 19
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