Why Would Anyone Go to Church?: A Young Community's Quest to Reclaim Church for Good

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Baker Books, Jun 16, 2020 - Religion - 192 pages
There are plenty of reasons to criticize, judge, and even walk away from the church. Many of us have been hurt and rejected. We may see church as insular and irrelevant. Despite this, Kevin Makins believes that the church still matters--perhaps more than ever.

When Kevin was 23 and didn't know any better, he started a congregation with some friends who were on the edge of faith. Together they hoped to discover if the church was worth fighting for. In this brutally honest account, he shares their story of becoming a community of misfits, outcasts, and oddballs who would learn that, even with all its faults, the church is worth being a part of . . . and must be reclaimed for good.

If you've been burned or burned out by the church, if you've been silenced or misunderstood, if you've left or never even joined in the first place, this candid, hopeful book is your invitation to consider what you miss out on when you give up on church--and what the church misses out on when it gives up on you.

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Getting Our Hands Dirty 21
Falling into Place 32
The Right Way to Start a Church 45
Faith Is Communal 57
The Night the Children Never Came 68
Nap Sunday 79
The Kingdom of God Is Like a Potluck 91
The Most Honest Place in Town 104
A Particular Glory 115
New Church 127
Church Plant Boot Camp 141
Everything Were Not 153
Dying Well 164
Acknowledgments 175

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Kevin Makins (MDiv, Heritage Seminary) is the founding pastor of Eucharist Church in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, in Canada, which has been recognized as one of the most creative and innovative churches in the country and spotlighted on national television and radio outlets, in newspapers, and on podcasts. A frequent speaker at conferences and churches, Kevin also performs one-man shows in bars and makes videos for thousands on YouTube. His audience includes the faithful and the skeptical, those hungry to learn, and those who just want to hear a good story. He lives in an old house downtown with his wife, kids, and housemates.

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