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In the end Beyond the Broken Church tells a story that will be familiar to many: the journey of overcoming disillusionment and staying the course. This revised and expanded version of the popular book Dear Church revisits the existing book with additional chapters, fresh statistics, new insights into why people are leaving the church, and a resource guide for those who care about the disillusioned and want to understand them better.
Beyond the Broken Church will be a breath of fresh air to others who have experienced frustration in church as well as an insider’s guide for those seeking to understand current trends in church attendance, particularly among the younger generation..
In the end Beyond the Broken Church tells a story that will be familiar to many: the journey of overcoming disillusionment and staying the course. This revised and expanded version of the popular book Dear Church revisits the existing book with additional chapters, fresh statistics, new insights into why people are leaving the church, and a resource guide for those who care about the disillusioned and want to understand them better.
Beyond the Broken Church will be a breath of fresh air to others who have experienced frustration in church as well as an insider’s guide for those seeking to understand current trends in church attendance, particularly among the younger generation..

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ZONDERVAN
Beyond the Broken Church
 Copyright © 2006, 2014 by Sarah Raymond CunninghamPreviously published as
Dear Church
This title is also available as a Zondervan ebook. Visit www.zondervan.com/ebooks.Requests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan,
 3900 Sparks Dr., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
This edition: ISBN 978-0-310-33694-5 (Softcover)Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataCunningham, Sarah. Dear church: letters from a disillusioned generation / Sarah Cunningham. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-0-310-26958-8 1. Church controversies. 2. Generation X Religious life. 3. Generation Y Religious life. I. Title. BV652.9.C86 2006 262 dc22 2005037177All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible,
New International Version
®
 , NIV 
®
. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.
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 Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.Any Internet addresses (websites, blogs, etc.) and telephone numbers in this book are offered as a resource. They are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement by Zondervan, nor does Zondervan vouch for the content of these sites and numbers for the life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other — except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.
Cover design: Kirk DouPonce/Dog Eared Design Cover photography: iStockphoto Interior design: Katherine Lloyd, The DESK Printed in the United States of America
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Contents
Preface:
This Is Important...............................
9Introduction:
 Read This First...........................
11
Chapter 1
 You Are Not Alone......................17
Chapter 2
Don’t Want to Be the Church Anymore ...29
Chapter 3
Know What Disillusions You.............35
Chapter 4
Let It Go...............................47
Chapter 5
The Road beyond the Broken Church.....55
Chapter 6
 Wise Counselor.........................63
Chapter 7
Lessons in How to Leave the Church and End Up Staying.....................73
Chapter 8
How Can We Go On Living?.............83
Chapter 9
 Withness...............................93
Chapter 10
Should I Stay or Should I Go? ...........113
Chapter 11
Church at Home, Church on the Road.....121
Chapter 12
 Your Grandmothers Church ............133
Chapter 13
No One Owes You an Explanation.......141

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