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Who Stole My Church? [Hardcover]

By MacDonald Gordon (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.49" Width: 6.43" Height: 1.15"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 8, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  078522601X  
EAN  9780785226017  
UPC  020049058848  

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Describes the process many church members face as they try to accepts changes in their congregations.

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Has your Church been Hijacked?

Millions of people in their fifties, sixties, and seventies feel their churches have been hijacked by church-growth movements characterized by loud praise bands, constant PowerPoint presentations, and cavernous megachurches devoid of any personal touch. They are bewildered by the changes, and are dropping out after thirty, forty, or fifty years in a congregation. It's a crisis!

In this fictional story, pastor and author Gordon MacDonald uses topical examples and all-too-familiar characters to reassure readers that it is possible to embrace change, and to demonstrate how that change can actually be a positive influence in their church. The church, he says, has always been in a state of change; it has been changing for the last two thousand years. It is time to embrace that change and use it further the Kingdom of God

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Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than fifty years. He serves as Chancellor at Denver Seminary, as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, and as a speaker at leadership conferences around the world. His books includeBuilding Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World. Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.

Gordon MacDonald was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Glamorgan, UK.

Gordon MacDonald has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Gordon MacDonald Bestseller Series

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Well Written, but Fiction ...   Feb 16, 2008
When I ordered the book, I failed to read the review, nor did I read the forward.

The stories included in this book are fiction, based on the pastors "years of experience."

However, it is well-written and upbeat. I have used some of the conversations in my own church as a stepping off point of addressing change in the church.

Well done, I recommend the book.
so real, you'll disbelieve it's a novel  Feb 13, 2008
This book was recommended to me for some research I'm doing on the topic of how the "Builder" (senior) generation is frustrated with church -- especially as things are changing to attract/keep younger generations. The author has created a fictional church, where he serves as pastor, that reflects all of the common struggles of different generations trying to believe/worship/find God in their own way, yet at times disrespecting how OTHER generations do things differently. The dialog is realistic, the pastor's struggles/reflections are very honest. You can tell the author has been there in a real church! Great ideas for how to address these same challenges in your own church and to recognize a bit of what's behind it all.
Thanks For Writing this Book!  Feb 8, 2008
Gordon tells a fictional story that is all to real. It has been lived out in countless churches. Pastors that have, or are planning to lead thier churches through transitions will find "Who Stole My Church?" a tremendous benefit. Laity will enjoy it too, as they resonate with the pains of a people who are watching their church change before their eyes. I loved it and have all of the elders and ministry leaders reading it too!
Where was this book when I needed it?  Jan 30, 2008
Gordon MacDonald has written a modern day parable that hits the church right where it lives, in the middle of a generation/culture gap. The younger generations don't get what makes the older generations tick and the older generation thinks the younger is ruining the church, killing it in fact. This book attacks those issues head on with the story of Gordon and Gail MacDonald pastoring a church teetering on the brink of of a split or worse death of the church. As a pastor, I find my church in the midst of this same cultural shift. This book 5 years ago may have helped us dodge a season of frustration and pain. Good writing, good story, great information.
Who Stole MY Church???  Jan 18, 2008
For many 'boomers' (myself) and older, we are frustrated and disappointed with the direction OUR churches have taken. We have worship bands instead of choirs, praise and worship songs on the screens up front instead of majestic, rich hymns sung out of a hymnal, sermons with power point presentations and, yes, even movie clips instead of three point sermons, casual dress (I'm referring to the Pastor) instead of a respectful suit or dress and those are just for starters. Is all this change the slippery slope to an apostate church or meaningful change to connect with a very different generation coming into the church? Those are some of the questions Gordon MacDonald addresses in his book, which is really a parable. It is Gordon and his wife, Gail, the real people, interacting with a small to medium sized fictional church in New England somewhere going through a traumatic time for the older generation. It starts with a congregational vote on a proposal for a new high tech sound and multi-media system. The staff and council are shocked when it is voted down. Gordon asks a group of those that he knows voted against it if they would meet with him. They are hesitant, thinking that he is going to try to change their minds and talk them into voting for the new system. To their surprise, he just wants to listen and discover where they are coming from. This first meeting turns into months of meeting and sharing and searching for what happened to THEIR church. As they begin to understand that the church really belongs to JESUS who paid for it with his blood, they begin to see things in a different light. The turning point seems to be when they meet together with the high school worship team that gets to lead the service whenever there is a 'fifth' Sunday in a month. Both sides vent their frustrations and hopes which turns into a remarkable dialogue between two groups generations apart physically and light years apart culturally. In the end, this group discovers what it means to really be 'the church'. No matter how long or little you've been involved in the church, no matter whether you're a lay person or staff, this will be a valuable book in answering the question so many are asking, WHO STOLE MY CHURCH? The future of OUR church just might depend on whether we can satisfactorily answer that question. [...]

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