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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!
This book is incredible. I give it 5 stars. It's not the first book by Thom Rainer that I've read, but I would say it is one of his best. This book is simple, yet it's filled with practical information that can save your church and help you reach your potential. At first glance, the title may seem depressing. Rainer looks at 14 churches and dissects the finals years to determine why they died. Part 1 or Chapters 1-11 cover the common themes in these 14 churches. He goes further, though, as the subtitle indicates "12 Ways to Keep Yours (Church) Alive." Part 2 or Chapters 12-14 tells you what to do depending on what stage of sickness your church is currently.
One thing I love about this book is that Rainer gives a Prayerful Commitment at the end of each chapter that you and your leadership can pray together. There are also Questions for further thought at the end of each chapter to aid in a group discussion.
I would recommend this book to every church leader no matter what the status of your church. This book is excellent to be read with leadership and is vital to all who want to impact the world by bringing new people into relationships with Christ.