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Called to Stay: An Uncompromising Mission to Save Your Church
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Called to Stay: An Uncompromising Mission to Save Your Church

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by Caleb Breakey
 

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Will You Stay?

Caleb Breakey prays to God you do.

In Called to Stay Breakey takes a refreshingly honest look at the church, the problem of Millennials leaving, and the stark reality of why the church desperately needs them. He holds nothing back as he unleashes an ambitious rallying cry to heal the church and inject his generation's desire for truth, passion, and

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Will You Stay?

Caleb Breakey prays to God you do.

In Called to Stay Breakey takes a refreshingly honest look at the church, the problem of Millennials leaving, and the stark reality of why the church desperately needs them. He holds nothing back as he unleashes an ambitious rallying cry to heal the church and inject his generation's desire for truth, passion, and conviction into other believers.

Caleb knows that answering the challenge of his own generation leads to a transformed church.

And a changed church can change the world.

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"Many of you have been abused, and so many are crying out for help. I hope you will refuse to be a victim and, instead, take up Caleb's challenge to be that help to others in the body of Christ."
?Josh McDowell, author of The Unshakable Truth and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict

"Before you leave your church, before you spread rumors about your church, and before you abandon the church altogether, read Called to Stay. And before you blindly stay in the same religious rut you've been in your whole life, read Called to Stay. Caleb's call for us to love our churches?and God's Church as a whole?is important, passionate, and needed. If you read this book with an open mind, it just might change your perspective of what it means to be a church member."
?Kyle Idleman, author of Not a Fan and Gods at War

"It's a rare book that is biblical, strategic, timely, well-written, and persuasive all at the same time. Called to Stay is such a book. We all wish our churches were better, but many Christians have become hypercritical and intolerant of the body of Christ. It's always easier to point out the problems and walk away rather than stay and humbly serve as part of the solution. I'm delighted Caleb Breakey has written this book, and I highly recommend it to young and old alike."
?Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven and Safely Home

"Caleb Breakey writes with wit and wisdom on the sensitive and important topic of why so many young adults leave the church. This is not only relevant to the next generation, but to some boomers too. Called to Stay is not preachy, but it is biblical. It's loaded with practical truth about how to follow Jesus."
?Dan Reiland, author of Amplified Leadership

"This yellow book showcases a life-changing and God-glorifying adventure waiting for you in your own backyard. If you answer the call, you will be richly rewarded. We're excited for how Called to Stay will impact our generation."
?Alex and Brett Harris, authors of Do Hard Things and founders of TheRebelution.com

"Caleb Breakey challenges readers to think about our role in the church and how to respond to the changing landscape of culture within the church today."
?Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck

"You can't love Jesus and hate his bride. The church is the bride of Christ, worthy of our commitment, and God's tool for His work in the world. I'm encouraged to see young men like Caleb Breakey remind us of these important truths."
?Ed Stetzer, the Lifeway Research Blog

"Called to Stay is a seminal word for the Church today. It is a must-read that will challenge, comfort, and summon those who love the Church into thrilling and purposeful action. A biblical mandate mixed with a masterful appeal, Called to Stay recruits believers into a special-forces unit called Infiltrators. I was compelled to enlist. You will be too."
?Wayne Cordeiro, Pastor, New Hope Christian Fellowship

"Called to Stay is an important invitation to bloom where you're planted in the body of Christ. Caleb Breakey has learned the art, joy, heartache, and reward of staying to be an infiltrator of positive change within his church context, and he shares his hard-won wisdom like a coach cheering a reluctant team."
?Mary DeMuth, author of The Wall Around Your Heart

"If you believe your church is maliciously shaming God for personal gain, leave. But if your church is a good thing waiting to happen, then man up, stick it out, and infiltrate with passionate commitment. The message is aimed at the younger generation, but the point is made for all Christians: Stay."
?Robert Case, Founding Director, World Journalism Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736955423
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
264,254
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.46(d)

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Meet the Author

Caleb Breakey is a former journalist and author of Called to Stay. Caleb is a frequent conference speaker with a sincere passion to lead, challenge, and inspire others in discussions about relationships, the church, and radically following Jesus. He lives in Washington State with his wife, Brittney.

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Called to Stay: An Uncompromising Mission to Save Your Church 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite In his book Called to Stay, author Caleb Breakey challenges all who have doubts about their own Christian belief system to rally to the cause and heal the church they have left because of disenchantment. Because many become angry with church organization, teachings, or the political dynamics of the church, they choose to leave it rather than work to make necessary changes. Breakey confronts those individuals and encourages them to rally to the cause of change. The author was once a break-away member who now believes that course is far too easy for true believers. In order to begin to heal the church, the reader must first begin to heal the self. This is not done in a judgmental manner; rather it is intended to show the reader that healing is a methodical process, whether with an individual or with an organization. The book is both challenging and humorous - the perfect mix to capture the attention of those who believe the private path is the answer to their spiritual journey. Called to Stay is Caleb Breakey's way of telling readers that it just might take a bit more courage and conviction to fix the problem rather than walk away from it. Although older church members can benefit from the challenges to explore, the book is directed to the younger generation, those who believe they can go it alone, without a church espousing archaic beliefs and traditions. There is even a section to help the reader decide when it IS time to leave and go elsewhere. If you want a no-nonsense book with direction and purpose to help you stay the course, consider pondering the challenges in Called to Stay.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This book should be in every church library, every pastor should read this, and every believer who wants to reach others for Christ (which should be all of us) should have this book in their hands. Called to Stay is not for those people who are upset about the color the walls, or the type of carpet in the church. This book is for those that are frustrated with that type of thinking, who long for more in their church, who are considering leaving their church because people around them seem content with surface level Christianity. Caleb encourages believers to become infiltrators in their churches, to be examples of what we know Christ has called us to be. This book is really so much more than calling believers to stay, it really is a book on deeper faith. I highly recommend this book to any believer how wants more for their church, who is tired of surface level Sunday mornings. We can make a difference, we can do this together through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let's stay :) A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caleb Breakey's passion for "The Church" is incredibly evident in his book Called to Stay. When I say The Church, I mean the universal church as in all people from all times all around the world who love, worship and obey Jesus. This is where I see Caleb's passion. He deeply and passionately wants us all to stay in The Church. He knows what it feels like to get disappointed with church people. People aren't perfect and even churches mess up. He doesn't ask anyone to stay in a damaging and dangerous place, but for all the rest he encourages us to STAY and infiltrate. He's not complaining about his church or your church or my church or even The Church. Instead, he's come to the realization that moving on and going to some other building doesn't necessarily help The Church. It won't help any of us if we all leave. For those of us, from any age group, who find ourselves frustrated or disappointed with the people or passion in our given building, we can help. We can infiltrate and help. Caleb give practical guidance on how to be more loving and caring to people who don't do everything the way we wish they would. He encourages people who love Jesus to also be people who love God's people. When those types of people stay and help the church grow, amazing stuff happens. He's seen the proof of this change. Caleb Breakey's passion for "The Church" is incredibly evident in his book Called to Stay. When I say The Church, I mean the universal church as in all people from all times all around the world who love, worship and obey Jesus. This is where I see Caleb's passion. He deeply and passionately wants us all to stay in The Church. He knows what it feels like to get disappointed with church people. People aren't perfect and even churches mess up. He doesn't ask anyone to stay in a damaging and dangerous place, but for all the rest he encourages us to STAY and infiltrate. He's not complaining about his church or your church or my church or even The Church. Instead, he's come to the realization that moving on and going to some other building doesn't necessarily help The Church. It won't help any of us if we all leave. For those of us, from any age group, who find ourselves frustrated or disappointed with the people or passion in our given building, we can help. We can infiltrate and help. Caleb give practical guidance on how to be more loving and caring to people who don't do everything the way we wish they would. He encourages people who love Jesus to also be people who love God's people. When those types of people stay and help the church grow, amazing stuff happens. He's seen the proof of this change. He's lived the proof and he's written about how to help The Church by staying with your church. All I can say is, "I want to be an infiltrator."
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read written specifically for people who are planning to leave their church and go hunting for another...or not. Or who have already left. If you buy this book, fast forward to Part 3, Chapter 9, When to Leave. There you will find a what I think would have been well placed in Chapter 1; but then, I'm not the writer or the publisher. I like this chapter because it contains a checklist of when it might be actually needed for you to continue with plans to leave. If your church passes the test, though, return to Chapter 1 and find out what do do to be a help, not a hindrance. Ever thought about being an infiltrator? Being one who helps the Lord breathe life into this ailing body? Benchwarmers--would you like to actually get into the game and help your church be a winner? This book contains suggestions and challenges that won't be for the faint at heart or those who would rather sit back and let George do it. Frankly, that's why your church might be ailing. Too many let-Georges and too few go-get-'ems.