Essential Church? Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts, hardcover by Thom S. Rainer & Sam S. Rainer

Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the Church, and what will it take to bring them back? Based on a study of 1,000 so-called "church dropouts" who were interviewed about why they left, the answers have less to do with "losing their religion" and more about the desire for a community. The authors offer churches four concrete solutions toward making their worship community an essential part these young people’s lives again:

Simplify: develop a clear structure and process for making disciples

Deepen: provide strong biblical teaching and preaching

Expect: let members know the need for commitment to the congregation

Multiply: emphasize evangelism, outward focus, and starting new churches

259 pages

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