In an era where churches in America are in decline, this book offers a clear path and hope for the future. using the Episcopal Church as an example of a Mainline Protestant Domination that has faced a half century of steep decline, the author shows where the church has gone astray, what has contributed to the continued losses, a strong critique of the leadership as well as a way for the people to take back their church and grow it.
This book is a must have for anyone who truly cares about the future of American Protestant Churches especially the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Churches, who all face the exact same fate.
Delving into how to compete for peoples attention in the modern age, how to modernize your parish, reach out to those who have left and attract new members, this is a "how to" for congregational growth.
This compelling narrative tackles the modern day issues that divide our country: conservative vs liberal, race issues, sexuality and other third rail controversies that have torn apart the church. Most importantly the book offers real solutions for how the church should deal with them so as to be a big tent for all people.
In addition to the "how to" nature of this book, the author travels to and examines many parishes in the Episcopal Church from the largest in the denomination, St. Martin's Houston, home of the Bush family to St. Bart's on Park Ave in New York City. With interviews ranging from Fox News personality Tucker Carlson to Telemundo's Fr. Alberto Cutie of Florida, this book examines all angles.
Brutally honest, insightful and reflective, this book will be a quick read and easy to implement in your own parish. Nothing coming from the leadership of any of these denominations has worked, so if you care about the future of Mainline Protestants and especially The Episcopal Church, then this is for you
Caswell Cooke is not a priest or minister, never went to seminary and holds no theological degrees. This is a grass roots way to make a difference and get results. The future might just be a little brighter with The Death and Resurrection of The Episcopal Church: How to Save a Church in Decline.