Is the Institutional Church Really the Church

Author: Dave Kahle
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN: 9781631226946
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Over the last twenty years, the institutional church has spent $530 billion, but the percentage of Christians in the country has not increased one percentage point. Additionally, in the last two generations: - We have seen the culture go from Christian to anti-Christian. - We have turned off and lost half of our children. - We have inoculated 80 percent of the population from ever accepting Christ. - We have fostered almost incomprehensible division. Can this really be the church for which Christ died? Isn't it time we ask some questions? Join Dave Kahle as he asks and answers a number of questions that will shake your beliefs and provide a new perspective about the church. Your views of the church will never be the same.

Why We Love the Church

Author: Kevin L. DeYoung
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 1575673533
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book presents the case for loving the local church. It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the "leave church" books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs. Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people - the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling & the Disconnected.

Death of the Church

Author: Mike Regele
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310200067
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This is a research-based analysis of forces that are changing culture and how the church must change as well to fulfill its mission.

The Institutional Church Beast Infrastructure

Author: Babatunde Umanah
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781517170769
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Institutional Church Beast Infrastructure is an easy to understand and a comprehensive guide to some of the various tricks, techniques, lies and deceptions that are commonly used by the church beast system today. In 2015 many people are walking through life believing that they have an obligation to conform to the lunacy that the church purports to be sound doctrine and righteous teaching. In this book Babatunde Umanah takes the reader through the maze of confusion and mystery surrounding many of the common sayings and frequent bread and circus, minstrel show, buffoonish practices exercised within the vast majority of church beast branches across the denominational board and shows the reader the truth behind the veil. This book is designed to be used as a deprogramming and deconstructing tool which one can utilise to free themselves from the mental and physical shackles that have been strategically put in place by clergy and other church leadership. The Institutional Church Beast Infrastructure is purposely designed to be a straight forward, non complex, no nonsense read that can easily be digested and understood by all.

Catholic Church Milestones

Author: William Frank Smith
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1608448215
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Catholic Church Milestones is a concise, easy to read introduction to the people and events that have shaped the Institutional Catholic Church from its beginning to the present day. Counting over one billion members worldwide, the Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian denomination and over the course of the last two thousand years has played a significant role on the world stage. Milestones presents the reader with both the good and not-so-good people and events in the church's history. Included are brief summaries of all twenty-one ecumenical councils; the highlights of several of the most notable papacies; introductions to several of the spiritual mystics who have enriched the church; and, descriptions of some of the world events that played a role in moving the church to where it is today. This is an ideal book for shared group discussion, as well as for personal reading and reference. Milestones starts with a basic understanding that Jesus did not found a "church," rather his apostles and followers began small communities of believers after Jesus' Resurrection. In each of eight discrete time periods, the principle people and events are listed and discussed. Starting with the early local communities founded by the apostles, the first time period encompasses the early persecutions faced by the followers of Jesus and the transition of this new Way from a sect of the Jewish faith into a completely separate, mostly gentile religion. By the fourth century we see the dramatic change as this new belief system becomes the official religion of the Roman Empire, followed by the even more dramatic changes as the Roman Empire splits and then falters, leaving the Pope in Rome as a major player in the political life of the western part of the former Empire throughout the middle ages. At the beginning of the eleventh century the first major split occurs in the Catholic Church, as most of the Eastern Churches reject the leadership of the Pope and form a new "Orthodox" union that exists to this day; followed some five hundred years later by a major split in the West, as Martin Luther and other reformers call for changes in the church, which Rome soundly rejected. Instead the Catholic Church turned inward and put up further walls of separation in its counter-reformation attitudes it would staunchly hold for the next four hundred years, even as the world changed with: the industrial revolution; scientific breakthroughs; communism; and, then two world wars during the first half of the twentieth century. Finally we look at the changing face of the church following the Second Vatican Council."

Reimagining Church

Author: Frank Viola
Publisher: David C Cook
ISBN: 9781434766533
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Author Frank Viola gives readers language for all they knew was missing in their modern church experience. He believes that many of today's congregations have shifted from God's original intent for the church. As a prominent leader of the house church movement, Frank is at the forefront of a revolution sweeping through the body of Christ. A change that is challenging the spiritual status quo and redefining the very nature of church. A movement inspired by the divine design for authenticity community. A fresh concept rooted in ancient history and in God Himself. Join Frank as he shares God's original intent for the church, where the body of Christ is an organic, living, breathing organism. A church that is free of convention, formed by spiritual intimacy, and unbound by four walls.

Church Refugees

Author: Josh Packard
Publisher: Group Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1470726777
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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. Share your story at TheDones.com

Sharpening the Focus of the Church

Author: Gene A. Getz
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1620321254
Format: PDF
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IT'S ALL HEREThe purpose of the church. The growth of the church through proper edification. New Testament principles of administration and organization. Communication of the principle of New Testament evangelism. The effects of the church on the world. The effects of the world on the church. How culture affects the church. How the church should affect culture. How to formulate objectives, goals, and standards in order to be a true New Testament church.

Church Charism and Power

Author: Leonardo Boff
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1610978315
Format: PDF
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Why the furor over this book? Why was Church: Charism and Power the subject of a Vatican inquiry? The reason, ironically enough, has little to do with its alleged use of Marxist thought, but rather with its critical understanding of the church in the light of the gospel. Church: Charism and Power is a provocative, devastating critique of the ways in which power, sacred power, is controlled and exercised in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a militant book, a radical book, but it is by no means defective in orthodoxy. In fact, with all its criticism it offers a brilliant defense of the historical claims of Roman Catholicism. Its central thesis argues that since the fourth century the church has fallen victim to a kind of power that has nothing to do with the gospel and everything to do with the dynamics of power with all of its inevitable abuses. This historical reality, enshrined in the monarchical model of the church, was undermined at the Second Vatican Council and replaced by that of the church as people of God. This 'laical' model is closely allied in Boff's exposition with the notion of the church as sacrament of the Holy Spirit: the church as sign and instrument of the now living and risen Christ, that is the Holy Spirit. A pneumatic ecclesiology such as this would lead the church back to its primitive dynamics of community, cooperation, and charism. It would create a church in which everyone shared equally and where flexible and appropriate ministries conformed to needs as they arose. Is such a church possible? Is it not simply the utopian dream of idealists and sectarians down through the ages? No, says Father Boff, given the incredible growth throughout Latin America of comunidades eclesiales de base, base communities, where the people express and achieve their desire for participation and where the hierarchy divests itself of its titles and ecclesiastical baggage, creating a common desire for community and equality. This model of the church has acquired an unexpected historical possibility: the new church is in the process of being born. This church, the church being born from the faith of the poor, has rediscovered for itself--and for the church universal--the living presence of the dangerous memory of Jesus Christ.