The Mainliners Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World considers how the declining church should live into the hope of its legacy by living out the Gospels radical nature with reckless abandon. In a world where the fastest growing religious self-designation among emerging generations is "none," the hope of the church may lie in worrying less about the survival of the church and aiming more toward living like Jesus.
Derek Penwell is senior minister at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Kentucky, and a lecturer at both the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University. He is managing editor of [D]mergent, a blog devoted to extending and transforming the legacy of mainline Christianity, as well as chief blogger at The Company of the Eudaimon. He is the author of articles ranging from church history to aesthetic theory and the tragic emotions, and contributed to the recently released book, From Each Brave Eye: Reflections on the Arts, Ministry, and Holy Imagination.