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Customer Reviews for Changing Churches: A View From the Pew
Review 1 for Changing Churches: A View From the Pew
A book for people who take "church" seriously.
Date:May 6, 2013
This book shares a personal journey, including a return to faith and a love for God and for his people in particular congregations. I found it not preachy, but sincere and direct. The author examines the motivations for leaving one church and joining another, and explores the personal impacts on people who take "church" seriously and value the friendships established there. She also critiques the ways that churches have changed and are changing, and presents factors that facilitate a "good" church. I especially appreciated Chapter Eight, the responsibilities of the church member; all too often the man or woman in the pew is a spectator and a critic, rather than a healer and builder. I also appreciated Chapter Nine, which focuses on the shepherding role of church leaders, reminding us that they are doubly accountable to God. All in all, this is a practical and balanced viewpoint from the heart, reminding us that it is God who is building his church, and putting into a Biblical perspective our roles as leaders and followers.
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Review 2 for Changing Churches: A View From the Pew
Changing Churches is a unique and critical look at the different types of churches, members, those coming an d those going! I personally love chapter 9, Ideas for the Shepherds! The authors insights and ideas are priceless! The information in this book can be helpful to members considering leaving their church and people looking for a church. The instruction for Shepherds and sheep is valuable in this changing culture. In a time when people come and go – in and out of churches, I have found little material available to help in every situation. Dottie Parish has compiled that information into one instruction manual for the churches today. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a church, ready to leave a church, or the Shepherd of one!
The very personal notes and comments gives the reader a better understanding of the conflict leavers feel and the discontent that leads up to it. The common sense answers and suggestions have the potential to keep some members from leaving, and to assist those who are determined to leave an idea of what they are looking for.