Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith (soft cover)

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title:
Church Refugees
subtitle:
Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith (soft cover)

They're called The Dones. After devoting a lifetime to their churches, they're walking away. Why?

Sociologists Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope reveal the results of a major study about the exodus from the American church.

And what they've discovered may surprise you...

  • Church refugees aren't who you'd expect. Among those scrambling for the exits are the church''s staunchest supporters and leaders.
  • Leaving the church doesn'’t mean abandoning the faith. Some who are done with church report they've never felt spiritually stronger.
  • The door still remains open--—a crack. Those who've left remain hungry for community and the chance to serve—--and they're finding both.
  • Sifting through hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews, Packard and Hope provide illuminating insights into what has become a major shift in the American landscape.

If you're in the church, discover the major reasons your church may be in danger of losing its strongest members--—and what you can do to keep them.

If you're among those done with church, look for your story to be echoed here. You're not alone—--and at last you're understood.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: GP725921
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Length: 143 pages
Publisher:
Group Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4707-2592-1
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Written by Josh Packard, Ph.D. and Ashleigh Hope

Author

Josh Packard is a professor of sociology at the University of Northern Colorado, co-director of the Social Research Lab, and the author of numerous academic articles, reviews, and books. He's also an active church member with a deep desire to understand the phenomenon of widespread church decline.

Ashleigh Hope is earning a doctorate in sociology at Vanderbilt University where she researches religion, community, and health. She is a member of a church in Nashville.