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Book Study


The Great Dechurching

Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will it Take to Bring Them Back


The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back? explores the phenomenon of dechurching in America. Authors Jim Davis and Michael Graham, along with researchers Ryan P. Burge and Paul Djupe, describe dechurching as the largest and fastest religious shift in U.S. history.

The book is structured into four main parts that delve into the demographics of the dechurched, the reasons behind their departure from the church, strategies for re-engagement, and lessons for the church moving forward.

And while this book is written from an evangelical Christian perspective, the strategies suggested for re-engaging with the dechurched emphasize the importance of spiritual formation, community building, and addressing societal issues through a Christ-centered lens​.

This evangelical perspective influences the book's approach to understanding the reasons behind the dechurching phenomenon and the strategies proposed for addressing it.

The question for us is what can we learn about the great dechurching?

Event details

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Tuesdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

February 27: Meet the Dechurched
March 5: Profiles of the Dechurched
March 12: Engaging the Dechurched
March 19: Lessons for the Church