Why People Join and Leave Churches


Once again J. Russell Crabtree (founder of Holy Cow! Consulting) has provided a resources to church leaders and clergy using the jewels fromf the database of hundreds and hundreds churches and the voices of tens of thousands of church members.

In this latest book, Russ takes the data and shows readers the three things that churches tend to do well in developing the people who join them.
Developing the case for shaping churches to be organizations of learning, Russ also shows areas where people become disenfranchised, even after years of vital engagement. Finally, Russ shows the evidence on what contributes to the deterioration of member’s engagement with a congregation.

This ground-breaking book is a must read for clergy, judicatory officials and church leaders.24987BCD-F409-402F-9044-1F74560C47B2


Author: mustardseedonline10

Kurt Jacobson is a trained interpretive consultant of Holy Cow! assessments serving churches across WI and beyond. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served Trinity Lutheran Church, Eau Claire for 28 years. In 2016 he formed Mustard Seed Consulting. Jacobson holds a BA in Business/Hospital Administra on and Organiza onal Communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He holds a certificate in Intentional Interim Ministry from the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors. He is the author of “Welcoming Grace: Words of Love for All.” In addition, the book “The State of the ELCA” by Russell Crabtree, founder of Holy Cow! includes a chapter detailing the work Kurt did in making Trinity a transformational congregation. He lives near Cumberland, WI.

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