in pursuit of jesus
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The Unchurched Next Door part 1


I recently stumbled upon a copy of The Unchurched Next Door by Thom S. Rainer in thrift store and picked it up.  The title grabbed me and so far the book hasn’t let go.  The introduction explains that the research team interviewed 306 people from all 50 states and Canada.  There were many surprises along the way including:


  • “Most of the unchurched feel guilty about not attending church.”  “The church intimidates unchurched people.”
  • 82% of the unchurched are at least “somewhat likely” to attend church if they are invited.”  “But only 2% of church members invite an unchurched person to church in the course of a year.”  “Nearly 130 million people in the United States alone would come to church if they were invited.”


The author is convinced that the answer to all of the troubling questions facing the church is simple.  “We Christians have become disobedient and lazy.  Investing our lives in the lives of lost and unchurched people is inconvenient and messy.”  This book is more of a call to action rather than a project.


With all of these convicting facts coming from the introduction, I am confident that the rest of the book will deliver with plenty of ways to apply this knowledge.  I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. and amazon currently offer it at good prices.  Stay tuned as this book kicks my butt!

3 Responses to “The Unchurched Next Door part 1”

  1. Hey! I read this book several years ago, and, yes, it is great!

  2. Does this book have pictures…I hate reading!

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