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Churches and the Crisis of Decline: A Hopeful, Practical Ecclesiology for a Secular Age: 4 (Ministry in a Secular Age) Paperback – 1 Mar. 2022

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"If you are worried about the fate of your church (and who isn't these days?), this is a book you must read."

Andrew Root shows that the church's crisis is not in the loss of resources but in the loss of life, which can return only when we remain open to God's encountering presence.

"Perhaps you've met Barth the intimidating theologian, but have you met Barth the pastor to pastors? Root introduces today's church to the Karl Barth it never knew, artfully putting this theologian in conversation with a church that is fearful about the future. If you are worried about the fate of your church (and who isn't these days?), this is a book you must read."
Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School; United Methodist bishop, retired; author of Aging: Growing Old in Church

"An engaging and creative work which draws us aside from the church's current crisis to plant us back in it with new vision and hope. I looked up from this book no longer feeling surprised by the crisis and my inability to solve it, no longer ashamed that I need the power of God to lead this church. Root dares us to live and to lead as if God is actually alive and still cares about the world and the church."
Mandy Smith, pastor, St. Lucia Uniting Church, Brisbane, Australia; author of The Vulnerable Pastor and Unfettered

"A marvelous achievement. Root draws on the work of Karl Barth (the pastor), Charles Taylor, and Hartmut Rosa to identify the current captivity of the church to secular metrics. He proposes a way forward that waits on the hope that comes from outside of us and among us as one of us in Jesus Christ. This is a must-read!"
Richard R. Topping, Vancouver School of Theology

"This is theology that we need most vitally at this time. It's beautiful, applied, inspiring, kind, practical, deep, stretching, and, if we would only put it into practice, transforming."
Rev. Canon Chris Russell, Archbishop of Canterbury's Advisor for Evangelism and Witness

About the Author

<b>Andrew Root</b> (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of numerous books, including <i>Faith Formation in a Secular Age</i>, <i>The Pastor in a Secular Age</i>, <i>The Congregation in a Secular Age</i>, and <i>The End of Youth Ministry?</i> Root is also the coauthor (with Kenda Creasy Dean) of <i>The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry</i>.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Baker Academic (1 Mar. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1540964817
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1540964816
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 1.93 x 22.86 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Hey, my name is Andrew Root (I go by Andy), I teach classes on youth ministry, young adults, family, church, and culture (all with a deep theological bent) at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I've written twelve books that are out (and two on the way). You can see those below. I live in St. Paul, my wife Kara is a Presbyterian minister and we have two kids (Owen and Maisy) and our dog (who is the best!). When I'm not teaching and writing I watch a ton of TV and movies and I'm a huge Twins, Wild, and Gopher hockey fan. Check out my webpage, find me on Facebook, or follow me on twitter.

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