Who Stole My Church?: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century

Who Stole My Church?: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century

by Gordon MacDonald
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Who Stole My Church? 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and I highly recommend it to Christians who think that their church shouldn't change to accomodate the "younger" generation. I loved the challenges and found myself forgetting that the church mentioned was fictional. I also found myself relating to many of the aspects of this book and seeing how I grew up with the same "old mind set". I'm glad I don't think this way anymore!
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txpd More than 1 year ago
This book had been recommended to me several times. I'm very glad I chose to read it. It uses the approach of fiction to gently give helpful ideas on an issue that many church-goers find very threatening. I'm serving on a Pastor Search Team right now; the timing of my reading this is perfect.
Old_PI More than 1 year ago
This was assigned reading by. My pastor. The story line tells us of an older church that has severe growing pains. The story explains why churches must evolve to stay relevant in today's world. I found the book to be both informativena d entertaining. Our church is having some similar problems and I expect I will be part of a focus group similar to the one formed in the book.
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An excellent read! God used this book to renew a sense of compassion in me for other generations while also reaffirming my beliefs. Great insight!
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TightButRight More than 1 year ago
Finally someone published the truth about the church. I don't agree with everything that is going on with the church but this book give the best true explanation of that has happened to the church, why we are in the state we are in and is a must read for those christians that want an explanation if nothing else.
choirboyGR More than 1 year ago
This book will be helpful to anyone struggling with changes occurring to fast or too slowly in their church. Full of insights and historical information presented as a fictional account that keeps your interest and allows the reader to identify themselves (and others) among the characters. Not preachy. The author presents his point of view early on but allows the reader to reach their own conclusions as they see the feelings and responses of the characters. Authentic.
ChrisM58 More than 1 year ago
MacDonald's book ought to be required reading for every pastor and church leader in the American church. It is written in such a readable fashion that it would be no chore for any serious student of church health to breeze through the text. However, while a work of fiction, don't make the mistake of simply reading this work for its entertainment value (though you will undoubtedly find yourself laughing and crying as you follow the journey of this small group MacDonald has created). MacDonald does a masterful job of weaving valuable church health principles based on solid theology throughout the drama of his fictitious congregation. Dealing with one of the hottest issues facing the 21st century American church, MacDonald guides the reader through the minefield of generational conflict and provides some practical guidance in how to unite believers, regardless of age, in the pursuit of God. Not a "pie in the sky" treatise, MacDonald even includes a storyline of the heartbreak most every pastor experiences as some people in their midst reject their leadership and turn their back on the church. Overall, though, this is a story of hope. Congregations do not have to be divided along generational lines and wars do not have to be waged over the traditional and the contemporary. Opening the lines of communication and, most important, a willingness to submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, makes possible not only the co-existence of the generations within a congregation, but the love and appreciation that can truly unite all people, of all ages, into a body of believers.
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freshlookTW More than 1 year ago
this book would be an eye opener for those that want to move foward in the development of reaching out to spreading the word from the church to the world as it exist today very informative and valuable direction.
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DianaShores More than 1 year ago
"Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century." Wow... was someone standing behind me when I expressed these exact sentiments? Gosh, what happened to the hymns? Better yet, what happened to the hymnals? What happened to the choir? What is all this multi-media stuff going on up on the screens? Ok, I see the words, but where is the music? Doesn't anyone sing in harmony anymore? What is all this "praise" stuff anyway? Guitars, drums, singers dressed in jeans (and even some with holes in them...). Where'd the organ go? And what is all this clapping and swaying to the music... who stole my church? This book really opened my eyes as to what is going on today in the church... and in the world. There are major changes happening in our younger generation. And I hate to say it, but I saw myself in this book and didn't really like what I found. I've been resisting all this change without even realizing how much I was distancing myself from the delightful younger generation... including my own family. Gordon MacDonald is right on with all the major events that are going on today. As he writes his book, he introduces us, chapter-by-chapter to the cast of characters. I guarantee that you will find yourself in one of them. The delightful outcome of this book is that it helps us all to understand the various generations, and how to appreciate our differences. The end result is that if we hold to past traditions in the church, we will lose today's children. They will soon be taking over, and their lives were nothing like our childhoods. They were not raised in the stable 40s and 50s (or earlier). It's a totally different world today. After reading this book, it was like a sudden "aha!" appeared. I now understand more of what is happening and have made the decision to switch from the more traditional service in our church to what I call the "praise" worship.... the contemporary blend. I don't want to feel "old"... I want to join the younger generation and get with it. They like to smile and be happy in church and not be so sullen and quiet. That can't be all bad......
Sharonksouza More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book then loved it so much I had to order one for myself.