They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations
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They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations

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Ask today's generation what they think of Jesus and chances are you'll get a glowing response. Ask their opinion of organized religion and the reply will probably be less favorable. Kimball delineates six common objections people have to the church and offers a wake-up call of critical insights for both faith leaders and non-Christians. 208 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310245907
ISBN-13: 9780310245902
UPC: 025986245900

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Publisher's Description

Many people today, especially among emerging generations, don’t resonate with the church and organized Christianity. Some are leaving the church and others were never part of the church in the first place. Sometimes it’s because of misperceptions about the church. Yet often they are still spiritually open and fascinated with Jesus. This is a ministry resource book exploring six of the most common objects and misunderstandings emerging generations have about the church and Christianity. The objections come from conversations and interviews the church has had with unchurched twenty and thirty-somethings at coffee houses. Each chapter raises the objection using a conversational approach, provides the biblical answers to that objection, gives examples of how churches are addressing this objection, and concludes with follow-through projection suggestions, discussion questions, and resource listings.

Author Bio

Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox University. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and rockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at

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  1. Lynn
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2010
    I was slightly disappointed with the book. I minister in the toughest parts of the inner-cities. The objections I get about the church is the same for the last 500 years if you are not like me, you are going to hell and be glad I told you. The book appears to blame the ones pointing-out the mistreatment by the church. I purchased the book after Pat Robertsons comments about Haiti, hoping it would help me explain the ignorant-hate filled comments. It did not and inflamed it all the more.
  2. Pat McBeth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 10, 2009
    Pat McBeth
    What a refreshing look at what it really means to be a Christian! It is time to step outside of the box we are so comfortable in and minister to the world around us! They need Jesus - not the book of rules and dogma that is held so dear in churches today!
  3. Gail
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 27, 2007
    This is a great book...great insights into the thoughts and perceptions of for avoiding some of the foolish things we do to give Christianity a bad in better relating to non-Christians, especially younger adults...good reminder to treat people like people instead of "evangelism projects"...good reminder that politics and issues should not be our main way to relate to non-Christians....good cautions to think about the way we express ourselves in public and private.My only caution in the book is some of the things Dan wrote about homosexuality...he's on target urging us to have more compassion and love toward gay people...But should we really treat all sins the same (page 138) and discuss homosexuality as comfortably as gossip or jealousy (page 158)?
  4. Towne Blvd. Church Of God
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 30, 2007
    Towne Blvd. Church Of God
    fantastic and informative view of the 20 and 30 year old generation and their perception of the organized church as we know it today. a must read if you want to reach the lost!
  5. Garry B
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 9, 2007
    Garry B
    AMEN! and again I say AMEN! This book served to reinforce what I have believed for a long time. If we Christians would look harder at what we do to keep people out of our church, we wouldn't have to work near as hard to get them in.Thank you Dan for your candor and honesty in writing this book. I know there will be a lot of churchgoers out there that will be somewhat disturbed by this book because it will make them feel as if they have been "corected" a little bit. I felt that way too. But, to be honest, I needed correcting and so do a lot of other churches and church leaders.
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