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Five Helpful New Books on the Future of the Church!

Many churches are struggling to rebound after the COVID pandemic …

However, many of our deepest challenges as churches have their roots long before the pandemic began in 2020. These five new books help us understand these challenges and to embody a different kind of faithfulness in our local congregations. 

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Churches and the Crisis of Decline: A Hopeful, Practical Ecclesiology for a Secular Age

Andrew Root

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2022.
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Congregations often seek to combat the crisis of decline by using innovation to produce new resources. But leading practical theologian Andrew Root shows that the church’s crisis is not in the loss of resources; it’s in the loss of life–and that life can only return when we remain open to God’s encountering presence.

This new book, related to Root’s critically acclaimed Ministry in a Secular Age project, addresses the practical form the church must take in a secular age. Root uses two stories to frame the book: one about a church whose building becomes a pub and the other about Karl Barth. Root argues that Barth should be understood as a pastor with a deep practical theology that can help church leaders today.

This book pushes the church to be a waiting community that recognizes that the only way for it to find life is to stop seeing the church as the star of its own story. Instead of resisting decline, congregations must remain open to divine action. Root offers a rich vision for the church’s future that moves away from an obsession with relevance and resources and toward the living God.

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