Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive  -     By: Thom S. Rainer
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No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it's not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.

Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ's Kingdom!

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 X 0.45 (inches)
ISBN: 143368392X
ISBN-13: 9781433683923
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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.


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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Autopsy of a Deceased Church
    July 27, 2015
    Annette Bakker
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was EXCELLENT!!! Described our church to the point. Bought several copies for our church council and will be passed on to search committee and congregation. It is quite something how we can't see it for ourselves as we get into such a routine. But need to constantly be reminded
  2. Canyon Lake, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book
    July 10, 2015
    Jensmom
    Canyon Lake, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It was like this book had been written about our former church.
  3. North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Should be read by every member of the church.
    July 9, 2015
    jand
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    Could not believe the sliding of our church. This clearly shows us what direction we are heading.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent
    May 30, 2015
    George S
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent book, to the point, very true assessment with solutions.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Never wanted to be a coroner
    May 4, 2015
    BHB
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a little book that packs a wallop -- a book I almost bought six or seven times, but always decided against it at the last minute, mainly because I was afraid of what it would reveal to me about the church I have pastored these last 9-plus years. The only reason I finally did buy it was the fact that on one of my six or seven 'almosts', I put the title in my shopping cart. About a month later I purchased another book, completing the transaction before noticing I had neglected to remove "Autopsy..." from the list...I think the Lord wanted me to read this book. I did read it, and all my worst fears were confirmed!

    All of that said, the timeliness of my reading this little gem cannot be overstated, as our church has been in decline since I arrived, despite doing all I know to facilitate otherwise.

    What I gained from this read was needed confirmation, some clarity, direction, and even encouragement. Although it leaves me with making some hard choices, they are choices I now feel are in line with the will of God, rather than me "shooting in the dark" and hoping I hit the mark.

    I highly recommend this small piece of dynamite, and not just to those who are at some point on the spectrum toward increasing church unhealthiness. As with other reviewers, I would recommend this title be required reading for all ministry leadership and staff, and / or those considering that step. In fact, why not the entire local flock?! Our present "hour" desperately needs healthy, thriving local churches made up of individuals who are humbly surrendered to, and dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ for all things. May this little read be the medicine needed to turn many back to the Lord, and prevent others from contracting the "diseases" that are killing and have killed too many local churches -- essential "cells" of the larger body of Christ.
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