Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered in Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts, a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church cowritten this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer.
The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called “church dropouts” who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite surprising, having less to do with “losing their religion” and more about the desire for a community that isn’t made stale by simply maintaining the status quo.
That’s a summary of the new book, Essential Church. Looks like a must-read for youth workers. Fortunately, you can download the book in it’s entirety for FREE right now if you’re willing to give away your email address. I’ve never read a 278-page book on a computer before and I’m not sure I will with this one either, but at least it was good to skim through the book and decide that I should probably buy a paper copy on Amazon sometime.
[ ht Terrace Crawford ]
Join our LIVE Youth Ministry Conversation today at 2:00 PM EST! The topic is, “Building community with teens online to enhance community at youth group.” Adam McLane, the online community guy for Youth Specialties, will be our featured guest. He has a lot of good information prepared for our discussion. Join us using either your telephone or your computer microphone!
Posted on September 26, 2008