A Church Beyond Belief: The Search for Belonging and the Religious Future
by William L. Sachs and Michael S. Bos
As we move beyond the “emergent” or “missional” church paradigm, pastors and other church leaders are discovering a new reality: people (especially younger generations) are coming to church not as believers, but to find a place to belong—with or without faith. This book describes the dilemma and the distractions that currently prevent congregations from being the place where that sense of belonging can unfold and guide newcomers in the discovery of faith.
The authors argue that despite elaborate talk of change, spirituality, transformation, and conflict resolution, congregations are still mired in old patterns of belonging. Using broad-based career experiences, surveys of religious life, historical precedent, and insights from social psychology about what it means to belong today, the book suggests new and effective approaches to help churches make vital connections.
Print Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Morehouse Publishing (October 1, 2014)
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
About the Author
William L. Sachs directs the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia. He is also Visiting Professor at Virginia Theological Seminary. Sachs has also served Yale Divinity School and has been a Chabraja Fellow at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Previously vice-president of the Episcopal Church Foundation, he has served as a parish priest in Virginia, Connecticut, and Chicago. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Michael S. Bos is the Senior Minister at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City and formerly served as Executive Pastor at one of America's mega-churches. He lives in New York, New York.