The Rise of the Dones # 77

What can we do to recover this group of people before they leave our churches. Could it be that some how we have not been able to get them involved in the pure joy and blessing of disciple making. This is a serious spiritual problem. Henry Luke November 20, 2014

The Rise of the Dones
NOVEMBER 12, 2014 BY THOM SCHULTZ 280 COMMENTS
John is every pastor’s dream member. He’s a life-long believer, well-studied in the Bible, gives generously, and leads others passionately.

But last year he dropped out of church. He didn’t switch to the other church down the road. He dropped out completely. His departure wasn’t the result of an ugly encounter with a staff person or another member. It wasn’t triggered by any single event.
John had come to a long-considered, thoughtful decision. He said, “I’m just done. I’m done with church.”

John is one in a growing multitude of ex-members. They’re sometimes called the de-churched. They have not abandoned their faith. They have not joined the also-growing legion of those with no religious affiliation–often called the Nones. Rather, John has joined the Dones…….

Why are the Dones done? Packard describes several factors in his upcoming book, Church Refugees (Group). Among the reasons: After sitting through countless sermons and Bible studies, they feel they’ve heard it all. One of Packard’s interviewees said, “I’m tired of being lectured to. I’m just done with having some guy tell me what to do.”

The Dones are fatigued with the Sunday routine of plop, pray and pay.” For more go to the link below:

http://holysoup.com/2014/11/12/the-rise-of-the-dones/

Go here for Discipleship Training for Men;
http://www.menatthecross.org/resources/one2won-cross-training/

And here for Discipleship Training for Women:
http://www.fbcjax.com/files/uploads/One2Won-Book1forWomen.pdf

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