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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566993474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566993470
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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I cannot think of a more valuable book for pastors, lay leaders, and anyone concerned about the future of the church than Tribal Church. Anyone who wants to understand better the young people who are coming to their church (or those who are not coming!) and how we can better respond to their quest for faith, meaning, life, and love should read this book, and read it with care. --Michael Jinkins, Academic Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and author of Letters to New Pastors

Carol Howard Merritt dismantles the wall of stained glass that often separates mainline churches from people under forty. Combining real-life stories, personal reflections as a thirty-something, and current research, Merritt affords congregations a clearer, more compassionate view not only of the "missing generation," but of themselves and their ministry. --Eric Elnes, Senior Pastor of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ and author of Asphalt Jesus: Finding a New Christian Faith on the Highways of America

Carol Howard Merritt crisply articulates fresh answers to those tired mainline plaints, "Where are the young people? What do they want?" Her recommendations will rouse cheers from our seminary students, give new lenses to aging Boomer eyes, and fill our pews with new vitality. --Anne S. Howard, Executive Director, The Beatitudes Society

About the Author

Carol Howard Merritt has served as a pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, Louisiana, and Barrington Presbyterian Church in Barrington, Rhode Island. She is currently a pastor at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.

More About the Author

Carol Howard Merritt grew up along the beach of East Coast, Florida. After being raised as a conservative Baptist and attending a fundamentalist Bible college, she went to seminary and decided to become a minister. She's been a pastor for over ten years, serving Presbyterian churches in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island, and in an urban neighborhood in D.C.

Carol blogs at TribalChurch.org, which is hosted by the Christian Century. She co-hosts God Complex Radio, a podcast with Derrick Weston. She writes for the Huffington Post and you can follow her on Twitter @CarolHoward.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beth B. Sentell on October 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Tribal Church is perhaps the best-ever book for those who sincerely want to create a place for young adults to worship and serve. At last, we can stop our hand-wringing and lamentations over the absence of our adult children in church because now, Carol Merritt has offered us a vision of the church in which everyone, young and old and in-between, has a place, a voice and an equal opportunity to share their gifts and to grow in truth and love. With clarity, kindness and authority, Rev. Merritt shatters those long-held, false assumptions that have far too long kept us from reaching out to the "missing generation" and provides a way for us to welcome them on their own terms and meet them where they are, not necessarily where we would like them to be. Tribal Church provides a path toward insight, understanding and acceptance of this generation's unique perspecitves, their needs and challenges, as well as their gifts for ministry and mission. In the end, Carol's book is about hope. Hope for those of us who have earnestly prayed for an authentic way to approach and serve our young adults, and real hope for the future of the church.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LC Gresham on December 2, 2007
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As an Evangelical who works within the disability community, I found Rev. Merritt's observations benefitial and I highly recommend her book. I love the concept of an intentional generational approach where the energy and enthusiasm of the young adults is utilized more effectively. Children, then teenagers and now seniors have been the primary focus of the church as baby boomers have aged. This is the time to turn our focus to new leadership.

While some of her theology was troubling to me, I could not escape the loving and understanding approach presented in her thesis. Rev. Merritt knows the Evangelical world. She appreciates and commends the Evangelical fervor for spreading the goodness of Christ. There is much to learn from her regarding how the missing generation preceives the Evangelical church and why they are hesitant to return to the church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader in NC on October 18, 2012
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Carol has written a book that will change your perspective on the "younger generation." It has allowed me to understand why many of them are not joining mainline churches and when they do, they are not participating in ways that we boomers think they should. I realized that for most of them homosexuality is not an issue; it is mainly a hot one for my generation and older. All church leaders should read this book whether you agree with her or not.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Janice L. Brown on December 14, 2007
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Being the active church member and aging Boomer that I am, this book really gives me great ideas on how we can better welcome and serve the young people who are obviously not getting much of what they need from the church. I love the multi-generational models and real situations that Merritt shares and can't wait to get to my next membership meeting to share her ideas and recommendations.

I'm also giving a copy to my pastor for Christmas.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John E. Merriam on May 17, 2008
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We see in our church, Western Presbyterian of Washington D.C, how Carol's ideas work, and how Carol works. Its highly effective outreach to students at nearby George Washington University, a stunningly successful attraction of young marrieds, plus a long standing tradition of racial and national diversity have saved our downtown congregation from the senescence and slow death faced by other established churches. She has played a positve role in all of this, and we older members feel rejuvenated to see her do it. That's the transgenerational part. She writes well of what she knows, and her thinking is much in keeping with the radically new ways the 'connected generation' thinks and where they will inevitably take all of us in our personal and social relationships and our spiritual practice.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn M. Dana on April 15, 2009
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I recommend this book for anyone who wants to get a realistic and respectful take on where young adults are and what they are seeking in terms of meaningful spiritual community. Young people can tell when the church is targeting them for membership for reasons of institutional life insurance, and when it's out of an authentic desire for their gifts to be a part of our churches. Congregational leaders who read Tribal Church and take its ideas to heart will be more likely to trend towards the latter.
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By Jean McCoard on December 5, 2014
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Platitudes with minimal substance. Does not address the question, only gives old hackneyed answers.
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