The American Church in Crisis

The American Church in Crisis

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by David T. Olson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0310277132

ISBN-13: 9780310277132

Pub. Date: 03/01/2008

Publisher: Zondervan

Groundbreaking research based on a national database of over 200,000 churches shows that the overall United States population is growing faster than the church. The director of the American Church Research Project, Dave Olson, has worked to analyze church attendance, showing that it is virtually unchanged from fifteen years ago while our population has grown by

Overview

Groundbreaking research based on a national database of over 200,000 churches shows that the overall United States population is growing faster than the church. The director of the American Church Research Project, Dave Olson, has worked to analyze church attendance, showing that it is virtually unchanged from fifteen years ago while our population has grown by fifty-two million people. What does this mean for you, your church, and the future of Christianity in North America? The American Church in Crisis offers unprecedented access to data that helps you understand the state of the church today. “We live in a world that is post-Christian, postmodern, and multiethnic, whether we realize it or not,” says the author. This book not only gives a realistic picture that confirms hunches and explodes myths, but it provides insight into how the church must change to reach a new and changed world with the hope of the gospel. Readers will find a richly textured mosaic with optimistic and challenging stories. Charts, diagrams, and worksheets provide church leaders and motivated church members with a stimulating read that will provoke much discussion. Questions for discussion accompany the chapters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310277132
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
951,337
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword     8
Acknowledgments     9
List of Figures     10
List of Abbreviations     14
Introduction: Why Examine the American Church?     15
Observation
How Many People Really Attend Church?     23
The Trajectory of the American Church     33
The Millennium Effect     47
The Church's Remarkable Regional Landscape     61
"Poor, Uneducated, and Easy to Command"     81
Denominational Winners and Losers     92
Evaluation
The Survival of the Species     117
Why Established Churches Thrive or Decline     129
In the Birthing Room of the American Church     142
Introspection
Cultural Change in America     161
Sober Reflections on the Future of the American Church     174
What Is the American Church to Do?     185
Action
The Message of Jesus     193
The Mission of Jesus     200
The Message and Mission of the Church     208
The Restoration of the American Church     220
Notes     225

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American Church in Crisis 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a resource book 'The American Church in Crisis' is a good foundational tool to help understand the big picture within your denomination. The book will help explain some of the policies coming out of the national bodies of the major denominations. Leaders at the local levels need to be aware of the driving forces behind those policies while they attempt to balance their local situations with the national and global situations. Mr. Olson first brings to light a great deal of statistical information and then does a good job of evaluating trends and connecting those trends to the formulation of the policies adopted by the denominations at the national and global levels. Within Part 4 'Action' the local leader may find some helpful suggestions of how they can approach their own unique situations. This book is worthwhile as a tool to understand or at least be made aware of the different factors affecting the churches in our ever changing world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago