Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What to Do about It
192 pages, Hardcover
Julia reads from “Quitting Church” at an author’s event at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville, MD, in July 2011.
Several recent studies reveal that churches across America are hemorrhaging–they are losing members at a life-threatening rate. Intrigued and disturbed by what appears to be an epidemic, Julia Duin, a religion reporter for the Washington Times, amassed research on the issue, interviewed many who have left church, and attended numerous churches in hopes of making sense of this phenomenon.
Quitting Church reveals the startling findings of her research. It explains to church leaders why this mass exodus is happening–and what can be done to reverse it. Beginning with the cold, hard facts, Duin then takes readers through a number of issues that influence a person’s decision to leave the church, including irrelevancy, hidden suffering, family-centric programming that leaves singles out, impersonal or bland worship services, a lack of biblical literacy, and much more. This eye-opening book will be essential reading for pastors, ministry leaders, and churchgoers who wish to bring these disenchanted Christians back into their midst.