" - Mark Sayers Disappearing Church is a direct answer to the most pressing question facing church leaders today: How do we make disciples who stay the course?
Author: Mark Sayers
Why our churches are shrinking: In the discomfort between orthodox Christian faith and twenty-first century western dogma, we are tempted to do what it takes to make the pressure go away, to acquiesce on the beliefs that grate against contemporary sensibilities. For Christians raised under the ethic of relevance the desire to prove believers can be both holy and cool the pressure is too much. Some compartmentalize their beliefs into an orthodox/secularist mashup; others simply disappear into the ghostly embrace of secularity. Mark Sayers "Disappearing Church "is a direct answer to the most pressing question facing church leaders today: How do we make disciples who stay the course? Full of real stories and actionable insights, "Disappearing Church "is a guide for disciple-making in a highly secularized society. God will grow His church and protect its purity, but He will use us to do it. Are you up for the challenge?"
DREW DYCK, senior editor of Leadership Journal and author of Generation Ex-Christian and Yawning at Tigers Disappearing Church is essential reading for those looking for how to be a compelling and faithful counterculture in these ...
Author: Mark Sayers
Publisher: Moody Publishers
When church and culture look the same... For the many Christians eager to prove we can be both holy and cool, cultural pressures are too much. We either compartmentalize our faith or drift from it altogether—into a world that’s so alluring. Have you wondered lately: Why does the Western church look so much like the world? Why are so many of my friends leaving the faith? How can we get back to our roots? Disappearing Church will help you sort through concerns like these, guiding you in a thoughtful, faithful, and hopeful response. Weaving together art, history, and theology, pastor and cultural observer Mark Sayers reminds us that real growth happens when the church embraces its countercultural witness, not when it blends in. It’s like Jesus said long ago, “If the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything…”
Don't just teach them the church's story for some future telling but invite them and trust them to help shape and tell it ... there is a disturbing trend of youth being confirmed and then disappearing from church life.
Author: Matthew Gorkos
Publisher: Fortress Press
Matthew Gorkos begins The Storied Church with this compelling statement: "I believe in the church--in the power of faithful people serving a good and gracious God--and I believe in the power of a good story. Moreover, I believe, as this book will argue, that church and story--harnessed together--could be an even more powerful force for goodness in our world." Neuroscientists, anthropologists, archeologists, and psychologists all agree. Story is how our brains and our communities make sense of things. Storytelling helps us cope with change and loss. Storytelling helps us transmit lessons and life-skills to the next generation. As human beings, it seems we can't do without story. This book--indeed, this whole idea of story-centered church renewal--was born of a suspicion that the restorative, transformative, life-giving function that stories have for us as individuals may serve communities of faithful people as well. If stories help us survive as human creatures, why can't they help churches survive? The problem that story-centered renewal seeks to remedy has only become more prevalent and urgent in the age of Covid-19. Our churches need hope now more than ever. Writing from a pastor's perspective, Gorkos hopes to encourage and empower other pastors and lay leaders with both the hope and the tools they need to effect revitalizing change in their faith communities. Each chapter includes questions for reflection to help readers listen to and tell the stories that will lead to renewal and transformation.
Author: John Henry Augustus BombergerPublish On: 1860
... surrounding English churches , except that of language , now that both these obstacles are disappearing , the Church may expect to increase more rapidly than ever . $ 4. Doctrinal standards and peculiar doctrines of the Church .
Author: John Henry Augustus Bomberger
Category: German Reformed Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
A Church of Strangers Ilana van Wyk ... placed these words in locations where they were fighting the devil, wore them on their bodies to cure an illness or pain, or carried them in their wallets to protect their money from disappearing.
Author: Ilana van Wyk
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book shows how the UCKG utilizes rituals that are locally meaningful and are informed by local ideas about human bodies, agency and ontological balance.
Mark Sayers, Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience (Chicago: Moody, 2016), 59–65. 21. “Humanist Manifesto I (1933),” American Humanist Association, accessed November 12, 2020, ...
Author: John C. Clark
Publisher: Baker Academic
This book shows that theology is both integrally related to formation in Jesus Christ and shapes our understanding of the world. Christian formation is incomplete and impossible without theological formation, because Christ transforms our hearts and minds, attuning them to the reality of God. As the authors explore the deep connections between theology and the life of the Christian, they emphasize Christian formation as a defining feature of the church, arguing that theology must be integrally connected to the church's traditions and practices.
Author: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Synod of IowaPublish On: 1932
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Synod of Iowa J. F. Hinkhouse, W. M. Evans ... Churches Appearing and Disappearing on the Roll of Synod From 1922 to 1931 , Inclusive 1922 Appearing : Wales , Council Bluffs Manawa Park , Hamill ...
Author: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Synod of Iowa
Moses Everett , setChurch , which flourished for many tled from 1774 to 1793 ; and of the First years , finally disappearing in the Bul- Church in Brighton , Rev. John Foster , finch - place Church , had some famous pastor from 1784 to ...
But from the formation of the United Church up until the 1960s, it reflected a realistic appraisal of the United ... Canada prior to the 1960s was rapidly disappearing.20 A previously A Disestablished Church: The 1960s and Their Aftermath.
Author: Don Schweitzer
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
From its inception in the early 1900s, The United Church of Canada set out to become the national church of Canada. This book recounts and analyzes the history of the church of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination and its engagement with issues of social and private morality, evangelistic campaigns, and its response to the restructuring of religion in the 1960s. A chronological history is followed by chapters on the United Church’s worship, theology, understanding of ministry, relationships with the Canadian Jewish community, Israel, and Palestinians, changing mission goals in relation to First Nations peoples, and changing social imaginary. The result is an original, accessible, and engaging account of The United Church of Canada’s pilgrimage that will be useful for students, historians, and general readers. From this account there emerges a complex portrait of the United Church as a distinctly Canadian Protestant church shaped by both its Christian faith and its engagement with the changing society of which it is a part.
... thinning as it and organized by God into Christ's Body Mystical — the sprawls , and finally flattening out and disappearing in One Catholic Church . It is by the Eucharist that Christ vagueness and unintelligibility .