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They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations [Paperback]

By Dan Kimball (Author)
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Kimball provides an overview of the six most common objections emerging generations have with church and Christianity along with the biblical answers to these objections and examples of how churches are facing this challenge.

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Many people today, especially among emerging generations, don't resonate with the church and organized Christianity. Some are leaving the church and others were never part of the church in the first place. Sometimes it's because of misperceptions about the church. Yet often they are still spiritually open and fascinated with Jesus. This is a ministry resource book exploring six of the most common objects and misunderstandings emerging generations have about the church and Christianity. The objections come from conversations and interviews the church has had with unchurched twenty and thirty-somethings at coffee houses. Each chapter raises the objection using a conversational approach, provides the biblical answers to that objection, gives examples of how churches are addressing this objection, and concludes with follow-through projection suggestions, discussion questions, and resource listings.

Awards and Recognitions
They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations by Dan Kimball has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christian Retailing's Best - 2009 Finalist - Evangelism category
  • Christian Retailing's Best - 2008 Finalist - Evangelism category

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310245907  
ISBN13  9780310245902  
UPC  025986245900  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox University. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and rockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at

Dan Kimball currently resides in the state of California.

Dan Kimball has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Emergentys

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I related to the content in so many ways  Mar 20, 2007
Too often throughout my spiritual journey to follow the Lord, especially during my youth, when I was naive in my Christianity and had many questions, I was treated almost as an outcast by a lot of churches. I didn't fit their mold, I didn't dress the way they wanted me to, the church leaders couldn't answer my questions about God, it seemed like they didn't even want to really listen to me.

I had a lot of similiar feelings about the church as the author describes from those he interviews and pastors. Now that I am older, I realize that if more churches treated the emerging generation the way Kimball details, there would be a lot more interest in fellowship and worship. In addition to those who are curious about church and faith and what God is about, I hope a lot of pastors read this book. It would allow them to better understand what the emerging generation is going through, and think outside of the box they are in, because I was alienated from church for years by those who would at first reject what Kimball is saying.
think for a moment...  Mar 17, 2007
i can't begin to explain what kind of doors this book has opened in me over the last month. having listened to dan speak at a conference the week this book came out, i was immediately intrigued by what he was saying. i felt that he had the ka'hoonas to say what i've felt for some time: our christian sub-culture is murdering our image to the rest of the world. the person and example of jesus is relevant to all with air in their lungs. gay, straight, tattooed, or any combination therein - jesus is a significant man. the world understands that already. what they don't understand is a dogmatic structure that hardly represents the person they're trying to follow.

that dichotomy is what's being addressed in this book. i would say that dan's heedfulness in addressing sensitive issues may be misinterpreted as 'apologetic.' he treads controversial issues with bold yet mindful ease always making a (perhaps) skeptical reader aware of his writing's intent. to inform, encourage, and be a catalyst for change.

if you're wondering whether or not you should buy this book, pause and think for a moment about the demographic of your congregation. think about who's there. then, think about who isn't.
Excellent, challenging book for all Christians  Mar 16, 2007
Everyone who takes the Christian faith seriously should read this book and be prepared to do some sober reflection. Whether a pastor, youth worker, elder, deacon, lay leader, or church member - those who take Dan Kimball's book to heart may very well need to make some significant changes in their approach to outreach and evangelism.

In They Like Jesus But Not The Church, Dan Kimball first points out the convicting and humbling truth that the longer one is a Christian, the less likely one is to have significant friendships with those who are not Christian. Instead, most Christians today find their lives consumed with church-related activities - and those whose primary jobs are ministry-related are often the worst offenders. How can anyone know what the needs of the unchurched are unless they are involved in trusting relationships with them?

The church in America has become nearly irrelevant to most 20- and 30-somethings. Yet those who follow Jesus rarely venture outside our cozy Christian comfort zones to learn why. Unless individual Christians are actively engaged in open and trusting relationships with non-Christians (without a conversion agenda), the life-changing gospel message won't effectively be spread merely by changing our worship service structure, format, or atmosphere. Furthermore, most Christians tend to compound the problem by generally taking one of two approaches to evangelism: either we see every non-Christian as a potential target, and if we spend any time with them at all the goal is to "seal the deal;" or we isolate our faith from our everyday lives and generally avoid faith- or church-related conversations with anyone other than our church friends.

One of the biggest strengths of this book are the voices of many people (most in their 20s and 30s) with whom Dan Kimball has spent hours in conversation. He has developed trusting relationships and most importantly has really listened to where they're coming from when they talk about Jesus, the church, and Christians. Dan's goal was not to convert them, but to hear them. And likely, in doing so, he began to remove some of the stereotypes about Christians and the church that they might have held.

It is surprising and refreshing to learn of the positive and often even accurate views many people outside the church have about Jesus. In general, they deeply respect him and his teachings. But they see the church as very un-Christlike, and the church must not ignore their perceptions and feelings. Whether or not their ideas about the church being homophobic, male-dominated, judgmental and negative, or having a political agenda are true of all churches or any single church, the reality is that these perceptions are a significant barrier to trust in the church and acceptance of Christianity.

Dan does not compromise his orthodox beliefs as he interacts and engages with the people and the issues, and neither does he advocate that any church or individual compromise. But he is willing to ask difficult questions - questions that any serious Christian should consider. At the end of each chapter are excellent discussion questions which challenge and provoke thought about specific issues, about the reader's own attitudes and perceptions, and about ways the reader might take action.

This book has deeply challenged me, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about our great commission to make disciples out of all nations. They Like Jesus But Not The Church is a reminder to me that God is indeed working in the world, and that I am called to be in relationship with people at all points in their journey of faith, doing what I can to help point the way to Jesus, yet trusting that each person is ultimately in God's hands.

Helpful, but too apologetic  Mar 7, 2007
Kimball does a good job of grappling with the way the church is percieved in culture. Too often, he is overly apologetic for the things he says, which quite often are not as biting as the apology makes them seem. For example, he perfusely apologizes for calling pastors, "weaklings." I wouldn't think to apologize for this and would probably choose a more colorful vocabulary to describe these guys. The book does what it sets out to do, which is to explore how people feel about Jesus and the Church. People are oftened turned off to methods rather than the Gospel. So let's rethink our methods and boldly proclaim the Gospel.
If You Love Jesus And His Church  Feb 22, 2007
If you love Jesus and love the church, I strongly encourage you to read this book with a humble heart and an open mind. First let me say that the author, Dan Kimball does not pull any punches on sin or soft sell in this book. I believe this is the heart cry of God in our polarized generation to rebuild bridges to those that have lost respect for the church. I urge you to view this book as a mirror as you read it. Like a mirror it will show you yourself as you read it.

Those interviewed in this book are both intelligent and varied in the walks of life that they represent. They range from:
* A coffee house barista
* A lead singer in a rockabilly band
* An advertising director for newspaper
* A molecular biologist
Their honest open thoughts about how they and the world outside the biosphere of Christendom views us is both heart breaking and helpful. I am glad that there are those out there who still like Jesus even though they have difficulty identifying with and relating to the church.

After reading this book I was both humbled and convicted at my own shortcomings. I was also reminded by this book, that we sometimes avoid giving people intelligent answers to their tough questions. We need to admit that we aren't perfect and don't have all of the answers, but are willing to make an honest effort to find them and humbly apologize when we are wrong.

This is just this book's effect on me personally. There is so much more to this book than I am sharing here. It reminds me of a recent movie titled "The Island". It was reminiscent of the first Matrix movie. It was
about this underground commune of clones that didn't know that they were clones. They were told that the outside world was contaminated, so they couldn't go outdoors. Their life was marked by sameness and not questioning the status quo. Their one dream was to one day when the lottery that everyone was automatically entered in and go to the island, a paradise free from contamination. I am sure I don't have to explain the parallels to what some view the church as from the outside and from those within. There was one clone among a growing few that questioned everything in his world mercilessly bringing the accepted norm to task. He eventually was the one that found the real truth and freed the other clones from the underground controlled bubble that they lived in. I see the author of this book as that lone clone questioning his environment in a world of clones where most are too content or too afraid of bucking the norm to ask sincere questions.

I hope this long winded review has whet your appetite to read this book from cover to cover. We can counteract the negative images of Christians by allowing people to get to know real Christians in their real world. We can do this by building real relationships with them without any ulterior motives other than love and a desire for their well being in this life and beyond.

The author Dan Kimball is optimistic about the church, her innate goodness, and her ability to repair the breach between herself and the rest of the world. This book is like a friend who notices you walking around in public with your shirt on backwards or inside out and tells you, so that you can change it.

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