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The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reading the Religiously Unaffiliated

James Emery White
The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reading the Religiously Unaffiliated
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The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reading the Religiously Unaffiliated

James Emery White

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The single fastest growing religious group of our time is those who check the box next to the word none on national surveys. In America, this is 20 percent of the population. Exactly who are the unaffiliated? What caused this seismic shift in our culture? Are our churches poised to reach these people?

James Emery White lends his prophetic voice to one of the most important conversations the church needs to be having today. He calls churches to examine their current methods of evangelism, which often result only in transfer growth--Christians moving from one church to another--rather than in reaching the "nones." The pastor of a megachurch that is currently experiencing 70 percent of its growth from the unchurched, White knows how to reach this growing demographic, and here he shares his ministry strategies with concerned pastors and church leaders.

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The single fastest growing religious group of our time is those who check the box next to the word none on national surveys. In America, this is 20 percent of the population. Exactly who are the unaffiliated? What caused this seismic shift in our culture? Are our churches poised to reach these people?

James Emery White lends his prophetic voice to one of the most important conversations the church needs to be having today. He calls churches to examine their current methods of evangelism, which often result only in transfer growth--Christians moving from one church to another--rather than in reaching the "nones." The pastor of a megachurch that is currently experiencing 70 percent of its growth from the unchurched, White knows how to reach this growing demographic, and here he shares his ministry strategies with concerned pastors and church leaders.

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James Emery White

James Emery White (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) was the fourth president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which began with a single family and grew to over 3,000 families with over 5,000 active attenders. Mecklenburg experiences more than 70 percent of its growth from the unchurched.He holds . He has done advanced graduate study at Vanderbilt University, and continuing studies at Oxford University, Oxford, England. White is the author of twelve books, including Embracing the Mysterious God; A Search for the Spiritual; Serious Times and The Prayer God Longs For.

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An important book for the church today
4 stars By Michael H, Jan 28 2015
The world is changing so much in so many ways that often the changes in religious views and beliefs are overlooked.  In this book, White points out that there is an increasing number of Americans that are no longer identifying with any religion at all, a group referred to as the Nones.  White briefly discusses the history and the basic ideas of the Nones, and points out how the change in ideas and the concept of truth is central to the rise of the Nones.  He goes on to explain how there is plenty of scope to evangelise the Nones, and for that matter anyone else, but we are quite often unprepared or unwilling to change.  Too often people are put off Christianity by the way we do church and don't get a chance to really hear the gospel.  White shows that we need to be prepared to remove unnecessary barriers to the gospel from our churches without diluting the gospel message.  Although this book is aimed primarily at an American audience, there is plenty in this book that can be applied to any Christian context.  I found this book to be a thoughtful challenge on how we do church that is different from many other books written on the same topic.
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  • Catalogue Code 397005
  • Product Code 9780801016233
  • ISBN 0801016231
  • EAN 9780801016233
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date May 2014
  • Sales Rank #56267
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.269kg

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