Autopsy of a deceased church chapter 2

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autopsy of a deceased church chapter 2

Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom S. Rainer

No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five 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 twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it’s not gloom and doom because from those twelve 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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I want to start with a qualifier: I appreciate the value this book has to offer the church at large. I have no intent to discredit or speak disparagingly of any one individual or entity only to request that greater care be given from the publishing world in what is published for pastors and churches. I still have a nearness of my dad dying last month.
Thom S. Rainer

Pastor’s Library: Autopsy of a Deceased Church

I was their church consultant in By the time I got there the attendance had fallen to an average of The large sanctuary seemed to swallow the relatively small crowd on Sunday morning. The reality was that most of the members did not want me there. They were not about to pay a consultant to tell them what was wrong with their church.

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Rainer, Thom S. Many churches die every year all across the United States. In this brief work, Thom Rainer examines the conditions of multiple churches that contributed to their ultimate demise.

Many books come across my desk, sent by publishers with hopes that we will publish a review of them. Thom S. Rainer divides this work into two parts: chapters 1—11 provide the details of the autopsy; chapters 12—14 share hope and a way forward that can prevent churches from dying— if the issues are recognized and properly addressed in a timely fashion. In the first part, Rainer analyzes 14 churches he recognizes as dead and shares ten common characteristics among them that contributed to their demise. The characteristics cover the general categories of lack of vision, misdirected budgeting and financial expenditures, and neglecting the Great Commission of Matthew In the second part, Rainer posits that 10 percent of all churches are healthy.

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