Beyond the Broken Church is a collection of heartfelt learnings from Sarah Cunningham, a young adult raised in the faith, about the church she's not always sure she wants to be part of. The book engages concerns of a disillusioned generation head on and offers hope and honest, practical ideas for moving beyond one’s frustrations.
In the end Beyond the Broken Church tells a story that will be familiar to many: the journey of overcoming disillusionment and staying the course.
This revised and expanded version of the popular book Dear Church revisits the existing book with additional chapters, fresh statistics, new insights into why people are leaving the church, and a resource guide for those who care about the disillusioned and want to understand them better. Beyond the Broken Church will be a breath of fresh air to others who have experienced frustration in church as well as an insider’s guide for those seeking to understand current trends in church attendance, particularly among the younger generation.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Raymond Cunningham is the author of Portable Faith and The Well Balanced World Changer and the creator of the children's Christmas book, the Donkey in the Living Room. As a freelance consultant, she has also helped develop some of the top Christian events in the country. When her hands aren't busy juggling projects, Sarah is living as Chief Servant to the Emperor, her four year old son, and his chief of staff, his one year old brother. She blogs about finding extraordinary friendships in an ordinary world at sarahcunningham.org.
Table of Contents
Preface: This Is Important 9
Introduction: Read This First 11
Chapter 1 You Are Not Alone 17
Chapter 2 Don t Want to Be the Church Anymore 29
Chapter 3 Know What Disillusions You 35
Chapter 4 Let It Go 47
Chapter 5 The Road beyond the Broken Church 55
Chapter 6 Wise Counselor 63
Chapter 7 Lessons in How to Leave the Church and End Up Staying 73
Chapter 8 How Can We Go On Living? 83
Chapter 9 Withness 93
Chapter 10 Should I Stay or Should I Go? 113
Chapter 11 Church at Home, Church on the Road 121
Chapter 12 Your Grandmother's Church 133
Chapter 13 No One Owes You an Explanation 141
Chapter 14 Love Letter 159
Afterword: Where I Am Now 167
Beyond the Broken Church 169
Appendix A Resources for the Disillusioned 171
Appendix B Resources for the Local Pastor or Church Staff Who Serve the Disillusioned 181
Appendix C Resources for Denominational Leaders 213
Appendix D Resources for Parents and Family Members of the Disillusioned 215
Appendix E Fifty Things I've Learned about Forgiveness 111
Appendix F Resources for Learning More about Disillusionment 233