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Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What to Do About It
Baker Books / 2009 / Paperback
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Religion editor for the Washington Times, Duin explains why American churches are losing members---and what to do about it. Reviewing the hard facts, she reveals issues that prompt people to leave---irrelevancy, hidden suffering, lack of biblical literacy, and more---and suggests ways to stop the outward flood. 186 pages, softcover from Baker.
Now available in trade paper, Quitting Church explains to church leaders why churches are losing members at a life-threatening rate--and what can be done to reverse the trend. Beginning with the cold, hard facts, Duin then takes readers through a number of issues that influence a person's decision to leave the church, including irrelevancy, hidden suffering, family-centric programming that leaves singles out, impersonal or bland worship services, a lack of biblical literacy, and much more. This eye-opening book is essential reading for pastors, ministry leaders, and churchgoers who wish to bring these disenchanted Christians back into their midst.
Julia Duin is former religion editor for the Washington Times. For seven years she edited the Times prominent "Culture, Etc." section which has become known for its timely articles on national trends. Duin lives in Virginia.
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