The Future of American Christianity (Bowers)
Can the church be saved?
The Christian church in America is unsustainable in its current condition. Membership is declining. Clergy are jumping ship. New generations aren't interested. Revitalization programs are only a stopgap.
What is needed for the American church today?
Laurene Bowers asserts that churches need to become new communities committed to a grassroot focus on love of neighbor:
- working locally & tangibly for change,
- developing relationships for deepened faith,
- prioritizing justice over the preservation of church buildings;
- relieving pastors of the assignment to save dying congregations.
Against all odds, The Future of American Christianity is a book of hopeful vision for the impact of Christian faith communities.
"The time for boring, basic books about church decline is past."
About the Author
Laurene Beth Bowers is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She has pastored five congregations, and has been on the faculties of Quincy College, Andover-Newton Theological School, and Dickinson College teaching religion and practical theology.
Paperback: 168 pages