- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Word Alive (Sept. 2 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964729229
- ISBN-13: 978-0964729223
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
So You Dont Want to go to Church Anymore Paperback – Sep 2 2008
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"To anyone who is wondering if God still moves among us as He did in the Bible, here is a story to show the truth--He does! It spoke to something so deep inside me that I couldn't relax until I reached the end. And even then I knew it was just the beginning."
About the Author
Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman are longtime friends, former pastors, and current ministers in the name of Jesus. Formerly a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, Wayne has written numerous books on Christianity. You can find his other books, blog, and articles at lifestream.org, and his weekly podcast at thegodjourney.com. Wayne lives in Moorpark, California, with his wife, Sara. Dave Coleman is a retired hospice chaplain who continues to teach and counsel people on how to live closely with Jesus. Dave lives in Visalia, Caifornia.
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I've been all about the Church for most of my life. I've been a pastor, a denominational official, a Church Administrator, an Elder, a Chairman of the Board and while I'm not currently in a formal Church Ministry role, I'm finishing up a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership and writing a Master's Thesis on Leadership Styles and impact within the organization of the Church.
On some levels, I'm sick and tired of the organization of the Church. Many of the criticisms leveled at it for being impersonal, political, manipulative, disingenuous and full of petty people are unfortunately true. There are literally millions of people who comprise the walking wounded who have brushed paths with many Churches and have sworn that they are never going back to such a place because it is full of hypocrites and toxic people.
I understand that. I'm reminded of the man who said all the things above to his wife and ended up with the comment, "And I'm never going back there again." His wife responded, "But you have to go back. You're the Senior Pastor ......"
For all who have felt this way, this book is for you.
Through the masterful use of dialogue in the context of a fictional setting with a pastor who has been wounded, this book touches on all these themes and brings the reader through to the end with an alternative view of Church.
It's not about the organizational Structure. Some imagine that if we just structured the Church right the problems would be solved. I can vouch from a level of involvement that exceeds many, that sadly this is not the case.
The church will never be perfect in this age because I am not perfect.
What is needed is a new view and understanding of the Church. This book does an excellent job of illustrating where hope lies.
I recommend it highly! 5 Stars.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who wants to know what true freedom is!
institutionalized religious setting.This book has helped turn my mourning into dancing and has contributed to my returning to a desire to serve God and trust him in a new (to me) and different way. Christians! walk away from the brick and mortar fortress and go walk with Jesus.
Find out daily what he wants you to do.
It is fiction and needs to be read like that, but I would recommend this for anyone who feels like the patterns of church they have given themselves to are not drawing them closer to God.
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