Popular author John Cox offers suggestions why fewer people are going to church these days and where the church needs to take action.
In the first part of the book he looks at the main reasons people give - some of them may even be just excuses but should not be ignored by churches.
The second part of the book considers the impact of the consumerist society and the scientific revolution on people’s beliefs and behaviour.
The book concludes with insights from the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection that offer ways forward and reminders of what must not be lost.
- If the title makes you squirm, you still wont find a better summary of the kind of comments that we've all heard Review by Church Times
If the title makes you squirm, you still wont find a better summary of the kind of comments that we've all heard, from "They're all so judgemental" to the charge the services are "irrelevant". The author urges us to attend to what people are saying, although he doesn't have easy answers to everything.
Refreshingly, too he looks at economic and social issues, and doesn't just write to dismiss traditional worship and worshippers as past their Use By date, or admonish those whose lavatories and seating don't match up to the average multiplex.
The "lively" brigade can put people off, too, he acknowledges. "The anxiety may not be where to find what is happening next. The more "interactive" the service is, the greater the anxiety may be..." Modern hymns may strike the visitor as "over-simplistic".
In the torrent of literature on church decline and growth, this is a book that might interest a PCC, a deanery synod in need of something to get its juices flowing, or someone seeking an excuse for skipping church. It's short enough to read during those boring sermons, or in the loo. Oh, sorry, there isn't one.
(Posted on 07/06/2016)
|Name||Hard Pews, Boring Sermons and No Loos!|
|Size||234mm x 154mm|
|Date Published||5 Feb 2016|
|Lead Time||3 weeks (approx.) if out of stock|