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Book Discussion Group Starting

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

How would you like to discuss Finding Church, with the author?  Today I’m beginning an on-line Book Discussion through the themes of Finding Church, we are beginning a book discussion group on-line. We’ll begin with chapter 1 and take about two weeks on each chapter as we work through the entire book.  There will be questions to explore as well as the opportunity to ask me anything you’d like to ask from various chapters.

You can find the forum here.  You can read entries without registering, but to participate in the forum you will need to register.  Grab a cup of coffee, or a cold drink and come join us every week or two and let’s explore the book together.

Please sign in and introduce yourself in the Introductions category and then start on Chapter 1 and share what caused you to begin to hunger for something more? If you have other topic ideas or threads, you can suggest them in the “Question for Wayne” topic.  I’m looking forward to working through this book again and sharing that process with some of you.

 

A Book Cover and a Book Discussion

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment

I posted it at Lifestream, but forgot to post it here. We have selected the cover for Wayne’s upcoming book and you can see it above. It was a variation on the middle cover in our survey. If you want to know why, you can read my blog at Lifestream.

Also, here’s a head’s up for those of you who would like to get into a book discussion of Finding Church. Later this month I’m going to begin a book discussion chapter by chapter through Finding Church. If you’re interested, stay tuned here for details.

Which Cover Works For You?

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 10 Comments

I’m reposting this from my Lifestream Blog here, because I’d like your input as well. I’ve been writing another book online, this one a special report relating to the latest research on those being called the “dones”, those who are giving up on the traditional congregational model for church and are looking for more relational realities. This series is designed to help people understand what’s been going on for the past twenty-five years or more while inviting the body of Christ from all her expressions to an expanding conversation about the nature of the church and its unity in our day.

Those are going to be combined into a book and since I’m getting toward the end we are working on a cover for that book. Last time, readers of this blog and those who “like” its Facebook page provided some helpful input to sort out a cover for Finding Church: What if There Really Is Something More? This isn’t a vote to decide, but a chance to hear which cover resonates with you and why, which is very helpful for us in crafting a final cover that will serve the project well.

My hope for this book is that it will invite all followers of Jesus Christ into a better dialog about the nature of his work in the world. I don’t want to see yet another division among those who are learning to live in Father’s love, this one between the “dones” and “undones.” We have to see the life of Jesus as larger than the specific way we might encounter his church. For those who attend a local congregation and for those who are finding life in his church beyond it, we need a better conversation that coincides with Jesus’ prayer that the Father would make us all one, even as Jesus and his Father are one.

If you’ve missed this series of blogs, you can find the links on my latest in the series.

Take a look at the covers above. Which do you prefer and why? What would make it better? You can comment on the blog, the Facebook page, or email me with your comments.

Thanks for your help. You all make a pretty incredible focus group.

German And Spanish Translations Available

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

I love how Finding Church is finding its way into the world and the interest there is translating it for other cultures. A few months again it was released by Glory World Medien in German as Die Gemeinschaft der Neuen Schöpfung (The Community of the New Creation), bringing to five the number of my titles they have released in German.

Also, as a labor of love someone translated Finding Church (Encontrando a la Iglesia) into Spanish and you can download for free here .

Soon it will also be available in French and Dutch. Apparently lots of people really are looking for something more.

Wayne’s Story in His Own Words

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

For those of you interested in my personal story and how I went from being someone deeply involved in institutional church life to someone who found himself out side of it, you’ll find this new interview very helpful to understand my journey and how I’ve come to the conclusions I write and speak about. The entire journey has been a continual drawing inside the heart of the Father, though I had no idea where it would lead at the outset, nor where it might take me from here.

This interview was recorded last month in Indiana by some documentary filmmakers, who wanted to talk to me for one of their projects. They will be taking excerpts from this interview, but the recorded the entire thing and made it available for people who would be interested. It explains things about as clearly as I’ve ever explained them and hope they are an encouragement to others to risk the road less traveled and see what God has in mind for them.

You can find the videos here.

New Video: What Is the Church?

Posted on: October 13th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 11 Comments

One year ago today, I released my latest book, FINDING CHURCH. It has spawned many a conversation about the nature of the church and how to find the one Jesus is building, rather than the one humanity has created out of their own human ingenuity. I’m going to give some time and attention this winter to helping people explore these themes and discover that the church is closer to them than they ever dared to believe.

A few weeks ago I did a lengthy interview about by life and writings for some documentary filmmakers in Indiana. Out of the hour and twenty minutes we spent talking by a campfire on a late summer’s evening, they pulled some clips to make this 50 second video as a promotion for FINDING CHURCH. This piece is designed for people who found the book helpful in their own journey, to pass it on through social media.

The Growing Conversation About “The “Dones”

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 5 Comments

emptypewsI’ve known about it for the past twenty ears, but it is only recently coming on the radar screens of the national media. It is being tagged “The Rise of the Dones,” the number of people who no longer find the local congregations helpful to their faith and yet maintain a resilient passion for Jesus and his kingdom. Dr. Josh Packard will have a new book out on June 1 called, Church Refugees, which unpacks his research into this phenomenon. He was also a guest on my God Journey podcast last week, and we’ll follow up with part two this Friday.

Next week I will be meeting with a group of pastors in San Dimas, CA who want to talk about this trend and what it means for church life. They have read my book, Finding Church, and resonate with many of its themes and want to know how it might help more traditional congregations rethink their mission and their priorities.

I also came across this article today, Regarding the “Done with Church Buzz”, which grants a helpful perspective for those who are worried about those who no longer participate in a traditional congregation.

Though I don’t like the designation “Dones”, it is catching on in the media and thus will become a marketing tool soon enough and then another label in “us versus them” dualistic paradigm too many people are trapped in. As grateful as I am that we’re talking about a broader view of his church than human institutions can replicate, my prayer is that the conversation shifts from the “going to church”/”not going to church” designations, to embracing a wider reality that includes all of us who seek to be his reflection in the world. His church is a growing family who are learning to live in the love and affection of an awesome Father and to treat others accordingly.

Don’t glory in your church attendance, and certainly don’t glory in being a “Done.” Let’s realize that those designations mean nothing. The only thing that matters is the new creation and how we love one another even though we may live in different expressions of that family. For too long we’ve changed the language of God’s kingdom, for a preoccupation with human systems we’ve called churches, whether or not they reflect his glory or incubate his community. We need less preoccupation with “church” and far more on Jesus and his kingdom.

iHeart Radio Interviews Wayne

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

steepleArroe Collins on the Poetic Elevation channel interviewed Wayne Jacobsen last week about his latest book FINDING CHURCH, and the many people who are looking beyond a traditional congregation to find an engagement with the church Jesus is building in the world.

You can listen to it here

This is how they described the interview:

More and more people are admitting that they no longer attend Sunday services. While it would be logical to assume that by not attending church services, these people no longer follow the teachings of Jesus, this couldn’t be farther from the truth, according to author Wayne Jacobsen. Jacobsen explores this trend of the “unchurched” in his new release, Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More? (Trailview Media.) In posing the question “What If There Really Is Something More,” he creates a platform for the “dones” – people who are simply “done” with organized religion, yet remain passionate in their pursuit of Jesus and authentic community. Jacobsen examines traditional church, the myriad of reasons people are leaving, and what exactly these same individuals are doing for spiritual fulfillment within their communities.

So Many Questions…

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 3 Comments

tribaliveA couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune about Finding Church and had a long and delightful conversation with the reporter. Her article appeared a few days ago and you can read it here. I love the content, but the presentation left me a bit disturbed. I have not used the title “pastor” for over 35 years and it pegs my Yuck Meter. And I wouldn’t have positioned it as so hostile to Christianity, but newspapers sell conflict. I do agree, however, that Christianity often disfigures the image of Christ even if it doesn’t intend to, but I certainly wouldn’t make it the headline.
But I love the content of this piece and hope it invites others into more spacious places of God’s light and love.

The Day FINDING CHURCH Went to Seminary

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Wayne Jacobsen 3 Comments

seminaryOn my recent trip to the midwest,  I was asked by an old friend to come and share with one of his classes about God’s love and my involvement with THE SHACK.  Though this man is a great friend of mine and we share so much in common theologically, he has been a pastor in a more traditional setting for more than 40 years.  And he’s done it about as well as it can be done, always putting people above structures and their nurturing about his own vision.  He had earlier asked me to not share my “church stuff” but to stick to God’s love.  I was happy to do that for him.

But a couple of days before the class I had given him a copy of FINDING CHURCH, and we joked about how much he would hate it.  Then he started reading it.  He hadn’t said a word about it, when we met just before class on Monday night. As he introduced me to his class, however, he began to talk about the new book and how every so often the church has to take a hard look at itself and see if it is doing things the way Jesus wants them done.  He told them about my new book and said, “Many people talk about rethinking the church, but this guy is actually doing it in a way we all need to give attention to.”

My jaw dropped to the floor.  This man who has considered thinking beyond the box as a threat invited his students into a discussion about the nature of the church and recommended they take a look at this book.  He asked me to share why I’d written it and about its content.   Even though he hadn’t read a third of the way through the book yet,  he was willing to expose it to his students.  I can’t convey how thankful I am that he found the content to this book accessible even for those who are engaged in more traditional congregations.

One of my hopes in writing this book the way I did was to invite all of us, no matter how we live out our understanding of his church, into a wider discussion reaching across normal dividing lines so that we can be part of his amazing process of bringing all things together under one head—even Christ!

We don’t have to agree to have dialog.  We don’t have to come to the same conclusions to celebrate the Jesus who is drawing all of our hearts home to him.  And we’ll all be healthier for it.

Now, Available Everywhere!

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by Wayne Jacobsen 2 Comments

Good news for those of you waiting for Finding Church overseas. Finding Church is now available everywhere, at least by e-book.  I’m sorry the expenses of International shipping are so exorbitant.  But if you want hard copies of the book sent to overseas destinations, please write our office for a quote rather than trusting the shipping calculator on the website.  It does not work well, which is why it’s best to write us first.   If you do order through the site and the shipping comes up wrong, Sara will refund the difference but there are some merchant fees that get attached to that as well.

We’ve added a new page to Order the Book page at FindingChurch.com so that you can easily order it from Lifestream, Amazon, or the e-books from Kindle, iBook, or Nook.  Happy reading, everyone!  The way this book is touching people so far is way beyond anything we would have hoped for.

 

 

The Book Is Out!

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment

I know it’s been a long wait for many of you. I’ve had so many people cheering me to the finish line here in anticipation of reading my latest book, Finding Church.  They have arrived at last and today we were able to get out a good chunk of the first pre-orders. It will take us a few days to get caught up in the backlog, but we are now shipping the book for those who have waited. And it has seemingly been as much torture for those waiting to read it, as for those who got earlier editions to read.  I got this last week from someone reading a PDF version of the book in preparation for my appearing on a podcast that they co-host:

I’ve been reading the advanced copy of your book in preparation for the podcast (I’ll) be doing with you in October and I must say having to keep this under wraps until it’s released has been pure torture!  This is a fantastic book!  It really is a book I’d like to put in the hands of every hungry believer.  I’m only up to chapter 8 and already I’ve come across several quotes I wanted to share with friends.  Reading this book feels the same as when I attended a college football game a couple weeks ago and watched my team throw a beautiful pass and run it all the way down the field as I stood by screaming, “Yes! Yes! Keep going! Yes!”  Then they scored the touchdown.  “YES!!!!!!”  Many head for the goal but don’t quite make it.  This one is a touchdown!

Well, Loren, and others, you no longer have to wait. Feel free to post some of your favorite quotes from the book and let others in on it as well. I have to honestly say this is not the book I set out to write. Of all the books I’ve worked on this one turned out to be a total surprise to me. I discovered so much about my own journey and how all the facets of it brought me to this season of my life. It was a grand discovery for me to write it. I told Brad today on a podcast we were recording, that if I’d only written this book for me and no one ever read it, it would have served its purpose. Doing so has helped me see more clearly into a wider creation than I knew before I began. I never saw that coming.

While I am sure this book will be helpful for those who have already given up on institutionalized forms of church, it was not written for them alone but for anyone who is struggling between the promise of Scripture and the reality of “church” as we’ve come to know it in the 21st century. Since it is Father’s desire to bring all things together under one Head, Jesus, I wanted this book to invite all of God’s people into a more wholesome conversation about what the church is and how generous hearts can engage it most easily.  So this is not only for people looking for more authentic expression of Jesus’ church outside the box of organized religion, but also for those inside of it with the same hungers.  Here’s how I expressed it in the book:

Since you’ve picked up this book, I suspect you might have concerns about the church as we know it today, or care deeply for someone who does. Maybe you’re an active part of a congregation hoping against hope that something can be done to make it more reflective of Jesus’ kingdom. Maybe you’ve already left your congregation and have given up hope that anything can fulfill your longing for his church. Or, maybe your parents stopped attending the fellowship they raised you in and you’re wondering if they’ve lost their minds.

Then I heard from a friend last week who was in a Sunday service recently at a Mennonite church. The speaker that morning was a Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at the local Mennonite Biblical Seminary.  He had read an advanced copy of the book and told them they all needed to buy it when it became available.  He said from the pulpit: “This Jacobsen is quite the writer! He writes in a way that grips you! I’m 84 years old and have only known the institutional church, but I know he’s right!”  Wow! Hearing that it had touched him so deeply took my breath away.

He later wrote me that he’d had a subsequent discussion with this man:  “We did have another discussion today about your book. He keeps thinking about it. He finds it very provocative. I think it was a good time for him to read it because the Mennonite church is undergoing some changes and the book charged his batteries on the subject.”   I’m excited to see who this book might touch.

We are also making them available in discounted bulk pricing for those who’d like to share them with others.   We will be selling a box of 12 for $86.00 and a full case of 46 for $260.00, which includes shipping to any US destination and is less than wholesale.  You can find our quantity pricing here.  If you have a retail business or website and want to re-sell these books to your customers, you’d have our permission and blessing.