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When Church Stops Working - Print

When Church Stops Working - Print

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When Church Stops Working: A Future for Your Congregation Beyond More Money, Programs, and Innovation.

By Andrew Root

Soft cover 176pp.
ISBN 9781587435782
Brazos Press (2023)
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What if the solution for the decline of today’s church isn’t more money, people, programs, innovation, or busyness?

What if the answer is to stop and wait on God?

Ministry leaders Andrew Root and Blair Bertrand show how actively watching and listening for God can bring life out of death for churches in crisis today. Using clear steps and practices, they invite church leaders to stop the endless cycle of doing more and rather to simply “be” in God’s presence. They tell the story of two congregations who did this – and found new life in the process.

When Church Stops Working distils the core themes of Root’s critically acclaimed Ministry in a Secular Age series in a more accessible form. Leaders and churchgoers who are burned out and hopeless will experience affirmation, encouragement, and empowerment as Root and Bertrand turn to the book of Acts as well as examples from contemporary congregational life to show what “active” waiting looks like and the saving grace it can hold.

 “This book seeks to address where we are by reminding us of who God is and who we are. It is a profoundly hope-giving book. The church needs teachers like this.” The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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