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It is certainly helpful in understanding the great great exodus found in our churches
on February 20, 2015
If you are looking for statistics on people leaving the church, this book has more than you will ever need. It is certainly helpful in understanding the great great exodus found in our churches. However, this is not necessarily a great book on anecdotal ways to fix this problem. People need to see church as essential, of course, but what this book suggests often is that people will come if they see a need for them to be in a church serving. Often the perceived medicine would be to make sure we give people stuff to do to keep them engaged in church. Many of the examples they gave of people who didn't leave the church, seemed to only stay because they were able to run the sound equipment or were able to take part in the service in one way or another. This is certainly not the Biblical response of a christian. A Christian should want to be in church, if nothing else, simply to worship the God that deserves all praise. We do see in Scripture the call for Christians to be part of a church, so to not do so is disobedience. Also, a Christian benefits from learning about God, having the Word preached to them, involved in corporate prayer and singing, and fellowshiping with other believers. That is essential for the Christian.