Ever wonder what the fate of your beloved denomination will be in 20 or 30 years? Have you bemoaned the loss of loyalty to a particular church or to church at all? You are not alone and this book will be a wonderful resource for you if you are looking to have conversations about how churches within mainline denominations can move forward and even thrive in uncertain times.
The writing style is accessible with lots of humor thrown in and the chapters are a good length if you wanted to do a weekly study with this book. Any member of the church could pick up this book and understand what the author is talking about. He addresses being inclusive, missional and technologically savvy and ways the church can embrace our history to help our future. He also explores some interesting correlations between our current cultural context and the church during post Revolutionary War times and how we might learn from our forebears.
I enjoyed this book but wanted more on a few occasions. It felt to me like the author avoided talking about how the relationship between the institutional church and local congregations is changing and will change. I wanted to hear more about how mainline congregations could work closer together to make an impact. And as a Presbyterian, I took issue with his characterization of some of our theology and polity as it relates to the formation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). But overall, this book is a great addition to the library of books addressing the future of mainline churches.
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