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German And Spanish Translations Available

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

German And Spanish Translations Available

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.

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Taking Shape In the Neighborhood

Posted on: December 18th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment

Taking Shape In the Neighborhood

When we stop seeing Jesus’ church defined by a building, a meeting, or a program, we begin to see her take shape in the most remarkable ways. One of the joys of publishing Finding Church is that so many people send me stories of how Jesus is building his church in the simplicity of loving people wherever you engage them and watch how his life takes shape among them. Mike is a friend of mine from Florida, who sent me the following letter used to be a vocational pastor and then for a brief season was part of an attempt to build a house church network. Now he works in sales, coaches basketball and has found the church growing in […]

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Wayne’s Story in His Own Words

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

Wayne’s Story in His Own Words

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 […]

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New Video: What Is the Church?

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

New Video: What Is the Church?

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 […]

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What Do You Do When You Can’t Play the Game Any Longer?

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

What Do You Do When You Can’t Play the Game Any Longer?

Ellen was part of a legalistic congregation and even though she could jump through the hoops she never felt like it brought her closer to God. Then she discovered that God was not someone she had to perform for, but one who loved her even in the most difficult times. That simple discovery suddenly made her religious practices seem irrelevant, and sometimes incredibly hurtful to others. Now she’s caught between two worlds, a love growing in her heart and a religious institution at odds with that journey. If you missed my blog post of her email to me early this week at Lifestream.org, you can read it here. It is a story of great discovery and honesty and made all […]

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What Others Are Saying…

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment

What Others Are Saying…

I have met few people or read few authors who have a critical eye without having a critical spirit. Wayne Jacobsen is one of those rare men and authors. In his recent book, Finding Church, Wayne sheds light on what the church was been created to look like in all of its (super) natural beauty. He also reveals the many forms of botched cosmetic surgery that has been inflicted upon it. Clarity, desire and grace for what God calls His church–you get it all in an abundance. Gary Barkalow Author of It’s Your Call and founder of The Noble Heart www.TheNobleHeart.com

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Church Refugees Is (Finally!) Out

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

Church Refugees Is (Finally!) Out

It seems like I’ve been talking about this book for months. I have, actually. Church Refugees was finally released on Monday and it is an amazing read, even if you have to negotiate some uncomfortable language. Some will be uncomfortable because it blows up the myth that you have to attend a local church to have a meaningful and and fruitful journey with Jesus and his people. Some pastors have questioned whether this research should even be out there “to confuse believers.” One Christian book chain is not even going to carry it. Others will be as uncomfortable as I was with the use of terminology. In this book “the church” is only the institutional congregations that gather weekly. Those […]

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Not a New Problem

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment

Not a New Problem

A friend from New Zealand sent me these quotes from George Fox’s Autobiography, published in 1650. Isn’t it amazing that the same things than plagued Jesus’ family then, still do today? What else could we expect when the priority of the kingdom is lost to humanity’s insatiable need for power and money? “I was sent of the Lord God of heaven and earth to preach freely, and to bring people off from these outward temples made with hands, which God dwelleth not in; that they might know their bodies to become the temples of God and of Christ; and to draw people off from all their superstitious ceremonies, traditions, and doctrines of men; and from all the world’s hireling teachers, […]

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Blown Stereotypes and the Doorway Into a Larger Church

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 7 Comments

Blown Stereotypes and the Doorway Into a Larger Church

I love being wrong, especially about things like this. I had asked if I was willing to meet with some Southern California pastors who had been reading my book Finding Church, and wanted to discuss it along with Church Refugees, and the latest research by Dr. Josh Packard on “The Dones,” those who no longer participate in the traditional congregation but continue on a passionate walk with Jesus and more relational connections with others. He said he thought he could pull together twenty or so. I told him I would be gloriously surprised if he could find five who were up for that kind of conversation. I know how resistant some pastors groups have been to both the books they […]

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Bridging the Divide with Love

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment

Bridging the Divide with Love

There are many Christians who believe you have to attend a local, organized congregation to be part of Jesus’ church in the world. There are others whose hunger for “something more” has led them outside those congregations when they felt their passion was being stifled by the conformity-based dynamics any institution needs to survive. The tension between these two groups has always been pronounced. Often the first group condemns the second for bitterness and abandoning the “church”, and the second group accuses the first of being legalistic or trapped in a destructive system. What’s often at stake, however, are just people hurting from the loss of friendship and proximity. When we lose our need for everyone else to do it […]

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The Growing Conversation About “The “Dones”

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

The Growing Conversation About “The “Dones”

I’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 […]

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One Couple’s Transition

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 2 Comments

One Couple’s Transition

I spent a couple of hours with Josh Packard yesterday, recording over 70 minutes of our conversation about his research into those who have given up on the congregational model of Christian community and yet continue with a vibrancy of faith that finds community with others and meaningful ways to touch the world. His book, Church Refugees will be out June 1 and our conversations will air in early May at The God Journey. The way people come to that point are vast and varied. I always find it encouraging to see how people are navigating that reality and especially how couples work it out together. This is an encouraging story that Susan shared with me about the journey she […]

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Question: Is Maturity Required?

Posted on: March 30th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 6 Comments

Question: Is Maturity Required?

I got this email over the weekend and thought others of you might be interested in the same subject matter. Finding Church really does flop the definition of his “church” from an institution we can create, to an living, organism growing in the world by his work that will in the end defy all our attempts to organize her. So that begs the question of just how mature does someone have to be to recognize and participate in her reality. I’m really struggling to find an answer to a question regarding “church.” It’s an issue that nags me and when I recently gave a copy of Finding Church to a friend of ours who is a disillusioned pastor, she loved […]

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Is Church Attendance Mandatory?

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by Wayne Jacobsen 12 Comments

Is Church Attendance Mandatory?

On Saturday I was a guest on Moody Radio’s Up For Debate radio show discussing “Is Church Attendance Mandatory?” (Yes, you can still listen to it on their website or by podcast.) It was a difficult show to do because the host seemed reticent to let a conversation happen among the three of us and my fellow-guest kept throwing proof texts out without really listening. But I guess the question demonstrated that anyway. There are so many problems with a question like, “Is Church Attendance Mandatory?” Why is church about attendance at all. It’s a family not a meeting and there are many ways to assembling with others in our hearts is far more important than sitting in a meeting […]

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Awakening In A Different World

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

Awakening In A Different World

In the last blog, A Pharisectomy in Progress Julie shared about being so disoriented in the process of learning to live in the new creation. It IS very disorienting when you discover that the way you’ve been living our faith has not more deeply engaged you to the Father of affection. But it is a marvelous process to awaken out of the frustration and futility of the old creation and begin to hope for something new and real, even if you can’t quite gasp it yet. It is hard for many not to rush back into their old performance mode when they begin to feel insecure at the lack of activity. It is like detoxing from religious thinking and religious […]

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Video Promo: What Is The Church?

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