Why Would Anyone Go to Church?: A Young Community's Quest to Reclaim Church for Good

Why Would Anyone Go to Church?: A Young Community's Quest to Reclaim Church for Good

by Kevin Makins


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There are plenty of reasons to criticize, judge, and even walk away from the church. Many of us have been hurt and rejected. We may see church as insular and irrelevant. Despite this, Kevin Makins believes that the church still matters—perhaps more than ever.

When Kevin was 23 and didn't know any better, he started a congregation with some friends who were on the edge of faith. Together they hoped to discover if the church was worth fighting for. In this brutally honest account, he shares their story of becoming a community of misfits, outcasts, and oddballs who would learn that, even with all its faults, the church is worth being a part of . . . and must be reclaimed for good.

If you've been burned or burned out by the church, if you've been silenced or misunderstood, if you've left or never even joined in the first place, this candid, hopeful book is your invitation to consider what you miss out on when you give up on church—and what the church misses out on when it gives up on you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540900005
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/16/2020
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 882,957
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kevin Makins (MDiv, Heritage Seminary) is the founding pastor of Eucharist Church in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, in Canada, which has been recognized as one of the most creative and innovative churches in the country and spotlighted on national television and radio outlets, in newspapers, and on podcasts. A frequent speaker at conferences and churches, Kevin also performs one-man shows in bars and makes videos for thousands on YouTube. His audience includes the faithful and the skeptical, those hungry to learn, and those who just want to hear a good story. He lives in an old house downtown with his wife, kids, and housemates.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Why Would Anyone Do This? 11

1 Getting Our Hands Dirty 21

2 Falling into Place 32

3 The "Right" Way to Start a Church 45

4 Faith Is Communal 57

5 The Night the Children Never Came 68

6 Nap Sunday 79

7 The Kingdom of God Is Like a Potluck 91

8 The Most Honest Place in Town 104

9 A Particular Glory 115

10 New Church 127

11 Church Plant Boot Camp 141

12 Everything We're Not 153

13 Dying Well 164

Acknowledgments 175

Notes 177

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