The American church is in crisis.
In 2015, Sociologists Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope published the book Church Refugees, in which the authors conducted a study about people leaving the American church. They wanted to know why, after devoting a lifetime to their churches, people were walking away.
Nothing is new about people leaving the church. People have always left the church. Only now, Packard states in the foreword of his book, they’re not coming back.
It would be easy to write such people off—to claim they are backsliders, or that they were never really believers to begin with. But that isn’t what the research by Packard and Hope reveals. Instead, their research shows that among those leaving the church are pastors, ministry leaders, and otherwise devout Christians.
But even more surprising is the revelation that the people who are leaving the church are not leaving their faith. In fact, they are leaving the church to maintain their faith. The church has become a hindrance.
These people–the ones clinging to faith but leaving the church–are known as THE DONES.
One year before Church Refugees was published, Harvest A. Rich left the church. In her book, The Reluctant Done, Harvest asserts that the mass exodus of the church can be boiled down to a single cause. She identifies a Biblical solution to the problem and outlines an actionable plan that can be adapted by any church.
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