Life After Church: God's Call to Disillusioned Christians
Brian Sanders knows what it's like to feel disillusioned with church. In this refreshingly honest book, he draws on his own experiences of being a "leaver" to bring hope and purpose to discouraged churchgoers. A profound exploration of what it...
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Brian Sanders knows what it's like to feel disillusioned with church. In this refreshingly honest book, he draws on his own experiences of being a "leaver" to bring hope and purpose to discouraged churchgoers. A profound exploration of what it means to "be church".
Ready to leave church? Brian Sanders reflects on the things that whittle away at our trust in the church as an institution, then explores what it means, at the heart of it all, to be church.
Life without church. It's getting easier to imagine.And maybe you already left. Aleaver,then. Committed to Jesus, not an institution. Perhaps you've left your church in spirit, remaining in the pew. Outwardly silent. Secretly bored. In either case, Brian Sanders has a word for you.Out of his own experience as a leaver, Brian distills the complex problem into two viable options:Stay.Remain in your church with the blessing of Christ and in the power of his great vision for the church to come.Take the path ofrevolutionary leaving.Move purposefully, seeking the kingdom of God that is beyond institutions.Whether Sunday mornings find you alone in a one-bedroom apartment or isolated in a church of thousands, Brian reminds you to keep listening for God's call.Reformthe church that is Christ's. Be it from the inside out, or the outside in.
Martin Jenkins has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including a retelling of Jonathan Swift's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and several nonfiction titles. He lives in Cambridge, England. <BR>Brian Sanders is an illustrator whose work has appeared on book jackets, in pop-up books, and even on postage stamps. He lives in Essex, England.
- An Introduction To Leaving The Church
- 1. Leaving For Good: Looking For Jesus Outside The Exits
- 2. Five Dead Fish: Some Of Our Reasons For Leaving
- 3. Our Scandalous Choice: Wondering How To Leave
- 4. Our Building Project: The Leavers’ Reconstruction Of Church
- Interlude: Our Lucid Hope
- 5. The People Of God
- 6. The Word Of God
- 7. The Mission Of God
- 8. The Kingdom Of God
- Interlude: Empowered Staying
- 9. How To Stay And Find Joy
- 10. Staying For A Change
- 11. Living Change
- Interlude: Revolutionary Leaving
- 12. Leaving Well
- 13. Re-forming Church
- Conclusion: Life After Church
- A Leaver's Manifesto: Our Lucid Hope Revisited
- Scripture Index