Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts

Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered in Essential Church? , a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church cowritten this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer.

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.

In turn, the Rainers 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.

Title:Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts
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    Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts Reviews

  • Stacey

    I found this book to be poorly written and weakly documented. The research methods involved in this book were not entirely clear, but it seems the authors primarily relied on surveys of a small pool (...

  • Marc Minter

    Decent conclusions, poor foundations These two authors provide many biblically faithful methods and activities for local churches. However, this book is loaded with pragmatism and typical (and aging, ...

  • Jonathan Brooker

    Confession: I am incredibly fed up with reading books that are simply written to let Christian leaders know that we're all failing miserably and if we don't fix it all real quickly we're going to have...

  • Joey Reed

    Church has become a collection of issues and opinions. Disagreements alienate so many people in the church. And it seems like the younger generations are being alienated at astounding rates. I found t...

  • Ron

    This book deals with the fact that most 18 to 22 year olds are dropping out of church and why they are. The authors did a study and go through the results with 4 major points:Simplify the church struc...

  • Allen

    Based on extensive research, the authors present both the need (large back door to the church especially among 18-23 year olds) and solutions. The book is filled with testimonies of those that left th...

  • Deslynne

    A easy read, with good insight on the dropout youth, church and simple church. More recently the idea of Simple church has resonated with me on an unconscious level, but this book has confirmed its re...

  • Dale Critchley

    Brilliant. A must-read for every church leader....

  • Jeff Noble

    Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts by Thom S. Rainer/ Sam S. Rainer (?)...

  • Angie

    Very practical information for those churches that truly wish to make a difference and to be meaningful to the lives of their members....