Essential Church: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts - eBook  -     By: Thom S. Rainer
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Publication Date: 2010
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Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered in Essential Church?, a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church cowritten this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer. The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called "church dropouts" who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite surprising, having less to do with "losing their religion" and more about the desire for a community that isn’t made stale by simply maintaining the status quo. In turn, the Rainers offer churches four concrete solutions toward making their worship community an essential part these young people’s lives again:  

Simplify - develop a clear structure and process for making disciples. 
Deepen - provide strong biblical teaching and preaching. 
Expect - let members know the need for commitment to the congregation. 
Multiply - emphasize evangelism, outward focus, and starting new churches.

Author Bio

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. Also a respected pastor and researcher, he has written more than twenty books and coauthored the No. 1 best seller Simple Church. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, several grandchildren, and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Thom S. Rainer es el presidente y director ejecutivo de LifeWay Christian Resources, una de las mayores editoriales cristianas del mundo. También es reconocido como pastor e investigador, ha escrito más de veinte libros y es coautor del reconocido best seller Iglesia simple. Rainer y su esposa, Nellie Jo, tienen tres hijos adultos, varios nietos y viven en Nashville, Tennessee, EE.UU.
Eric Geiger serves as the vice president of the Church Resource Division at LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. He is also a teaching pastor and a frequent speaker and consultant on church mission and strategy. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including the best-selling church leadership book, Simple Church. He is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters, Eden and Evie.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 27, 2009
    Jonathan
    An excellent book for all churches to use in understanding how to prepare youth for the life changes ahead of them. Church members must see and know the importance of the church as God intended it in the life of the believer. This is extremely helpful in helping to connect and minister to college/young adults and in seeking to reconnect the dechurched to the local body of believers.
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    December 26, 2008
    John Campbell
    I found this book very enlightening. I have passed my copy to a member of our youth team and have recommended our pastor search team review as well. Some redundancy with material from SIMPLE CHURCH.
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