Research shows that America's overall population is growing much faster than the church. Confirming hunches and exploding myths, Olson provides insight into how the church must change to reach a new and different world with the gospel. Filled with optimistic and challenging stories; enlightening data; charts; diagrams; work sheets; and discussion questions for motivated ministers and congregations.
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.
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.