A Church Beyond Belief

The Search for Belonging and the Religious Future

By William L. Sachs, Michael S. Bos Published
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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. It suggests new and effective approaches to help churches make vital connections.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.

About the Authors

William L. Sachs

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

Michael S. Bos is the Senior Minister at West End 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.