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The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated Paperback – May 6, 2014
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From the Back Cover
The single fastest-growing religious group of our time is those who check the box next to the word none on national surveys.
In America, this is 20 percent of the population.
And most churches are doing virtually nothing to reach them.
In this hard-hitting examination of our churches' current evangelism methods, which often result only in transfer growth--Christians moving from one church to another--rather than in reaching the nones, James Emery White calls us to discover the mission field right outside our doors. The pastor of a megachurch that is currently experiencing 70 percent of its growth from the unchurched, White knows how to reach this growing demographic, and here he shares his ministry strategies with concerned pastors and church leaders, answering questions like
· Exactly who are the unaffiliated?
· What caused this seismic shift in our culture?
· How can our churches reach these people?
If you long to see growth in your church that is the result of lost people entering into the family of God, this book is where you should start.
"In an era of increasing complexity and religious apathy, James Emery White has written a book that is helpful, informative, challenging, and timely. Those who care about communicating the gospel in this complex culture and think the church must regroup and re-engage should read The Rise of the Nones."--Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research
James Emery White (PhD, Southern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, often cited as one of the fastest-growing church starts in the United States. Former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, White is the author of several books, including Rethinking the Church, What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary, and The Church in an Age of Crisis.
About the Author
James Emery White (PhD, Southern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church, a suburban megachuch in Charlotte, North Carolina, often cited as one of the fastest-growing church starts in the United States. Former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, White is the author of several books, including Rethinking the Church, What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary, and The Church in an Age of Crisis. He lives in North Carolina.
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After reading how many of the nones became nones I looked around and was shocked to see how many of the reasons I could identify in my surroundings - not specifically in my church, but in all of the places I have been. The gap between what we say and how we act is huge, and the nones see it best.
The author wanders off topic to preach in a couple of spots and I will give him a pass on that. He is a pastor and it's in his blood. Other than that, it really should be required reading for anyone in a pastoral or leadership role in a church. It won't set well with those folks my favorite pastor used to call "prune faced" but they need the most work. That is, if they actually accept The Great Commission.
The first part of the book is a bit daunting. It sets forth the struggles that we face in bridging the gap between evangelicals and the unchurched. White summarizes a great deal of research on the subject and the book is full of quotes by researchers and authorities on the subject. The information is extremely useful, but at first, I was concerned that the author would be highlighting the negative without offering useful solutions. My fears were unfounded. In the second part of the book, White shares current thought on bridging the gap, plus what has worked in his own ministry.
Comparing the 3 books I purchased, this one is the most Kindle friendly. The bottom of the page not only shows locations but also page numbers.
As Christians we need to stand for what is morally right and be willing to pay the price for believing in a supernatural God that created the whole world in seven days. At the same time we must realize that everyone will not agree the same way you do or act a certain way while heading or being in church. God did not created the church to shun those who may look different than us or talk, or act differently, but Jesus created the church to love on others regardless of their belief, creed, sex, race, financial, or __________________________________. Fill in the blank with what you want, but regardless God is a loving and a just God who cares for our well being. Please take your time to read through this book and digest everything the author has said. At times you may not agree with everything, but their should be something we all agree on and that is to Love God first and second Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Good for understanding our American cultural mindset and its spiritual paradigms.