No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it's not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.
Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ's Kingdom!
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So often death comes quickly and unexpectedly. That doesn't mean that there were no indicators or "warning signs." In most cases there were, but they were ignored. Thom Rainer has applied this analogy to local churches in his tiny book, "Autopsy of a Deceased Church." Its 102 pages are well worth being read and discussed by leaders who may suspect that their church is on life support. In a study of fourteen congregations that died, the author has identified a number of precipitating causes, some of which overlap. The chapters are short--perhaps too short for meaningful evaluation--but they provide a great start for a church which suspects it is on the decline to begin taking a serious look at its mission and methods. Are they still in keeping with Kingdom purposes? Are they willing to change--sometimes radically--in order to stay alive? Rainer offers short prayers and brief questions for further thought at the end of every chapter. He classifies unhealthy churches along a scale of "symptoms of sickness--very sick--dying." He concludes by making a passionate plea for churches, where death seems to be an inevitability, to "die with dignity." Although overpriced, this book is a helpful tool for churches in the process of taking an honest look at their present effectiveness in fulfilling the Gospel-mandate.