Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples by Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger contains one of the best analyses of organizational church issues I’ve encountered in many years. As I’ve noted before, the section on ministry schizophrenia will put words to what many church leaders experience but struggle to define.
Now Thom Rainer and son have written Essential Church which you can download for free through October 6, 2008 from B & H Publishers website.
“The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called “church dropouts” who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite surprising, having less to do with “losing their religion” and more about the desire for a community that isn’t made stale by simply maintaining the status quo.”
Just a scan of the material demonstrates some of the challenges the church must face in ministering to young adults today. If you miss the freebie, or just want more info, you can purchase Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts at Amazon.com or other booksellers.