The American Church in Crisis

The American Church in Crisis


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The American Church in Crisis by David T. Olson

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: 1,055,424
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David T. Olson is director of the American Church Research Project and director of church planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is a graduate of Crown College and Bethel Seminary. He has pastored, planted, and supervised churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and California. David and his wife, Shelly, have four children and live in the Minneapolis area.

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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.