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Quitting Church: Why the Faithful are Fleeing and What to Do about It Hardcover – September, 2008
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Believing in God--but leaving the church Recent studies show that churches across the country are seeing once-faithful members disappear from their midst. Why are so many Christians remaining committed to the faith yet dissatisfied with and disconnected from the established church? Religion reporter Julia Duin has collected the research and added insights from her own interviews with disillusioned followers and visits to numerous churches. She reveals and explores a number of crucial factors underlying this shift, including irrelevant teaching, the neglect of singles, the marginalization of women, and a lack of authentic spiritual power. She also delves into trends such as house churches and postmodern or emergent congregations. Her careful analysis and thoughtful reflection will help church leaders examine how they can better serve those in their congregations and communities who are struggling to find a spiritual home. "We have come to expect solid journalism from veteran religion reporter Julia Duin, and Quitting Church does not disappoint. Churches need to address the seasoned churchgoer who wants more, not less, out of worship."--Nancy R. Pearcey, Scholar of Worldview Studies at Philadelphia Biblical University "An intelligent, insightful and entertaining book that should be required reading for every pastor in America. Quitting Church will also be a relief to those Christians who find themselves sitting at home on Sunday mornings without knowing exactly why."--William Lobdell, journalist, Los Angeles Times "What an important and timely book. The things Julia Duin writes about are raw, real and cannot be easily dismissed. Every pastor should read this book. Every believer who has ever despaired of church, been tempted to quit, or struggled with guilt over leaving, should, too."--Rod Dreher, Dallas Morning News columnist, and Beliefnet.com blogger "With the astute eye of a storied, veteran journalist and the heart of a true believer, Julia Duin takes readers through the complicated landscape of the modern church in America. A compelling addition to the annals of American Christianity."--Cathleen Falsani, religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and author of Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace
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As a successful religion reporter, Julia Duin has heard from many--and experienced in her own life--the difficulty of feeling connected to churches that too often seem disconnected from real-life pressures and unresponsive to personal needs. Yet she was surprised to discover just how many, from all walks of life, are simply giving up and quitting the traditional church altogether. Her journalistic yet personal exploration of this church-leaving epidemic offers pastors and church leaders a helpful first step in understanding and engaging the true spiritual and practical needs of church-weary and church-less believers.
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WE are the church, not THEY. When we change the church will change. Thanks to the author for the thought provoking insights and thorough compiling of research.
For practicing Christians, Quitting Church explains the departure of people from traditional worship. Not all are fleeing to participate in contemporary worship. The decline in serious Bible study and shallow theology (or no theology) is distasteful to those who try to live by the expectations of Jesus.
I recommend Quitting Church as a serious read. It would also be good as a good study for church book discussion group.