10 Temptations of Church

Why Churches Decline and What To Do About It

By Karen Vannoy, John Flowers Published
Paperback image ISBN: 9781426745393 $15.99 Buy
eBook image ISBN: 9781426756009 $15.99 Buy
The temptations that may destroy your church—and how to prevent them.Church after church faces eventual death while helplessly lamenting its fate. What perversity is at work that causes those who sincerely love the church to become obstacles to growth? Like the apostle Paul, churches don’t always do the things they want, but instead they do the very thing they hate. Why? While the theological answer is sin at work in us, the organizational answer may just be that members of dying churches unconsciously find a payoff in the church’s decline. They are tempted by church.

Endorsements

If your congregation is declining, your leaders need to read this book together. It is rare to find a mirror in which to look such as provided by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy. When you see yourself in the text, stop and talk, and then explore what you need to change.
- Gil Rendle, author of Back to Zero: The Search to Rediscover the Methodist Movement

This book's focus on combating certain incentives to decline in the church brings the sagacity of two veteran pastors who know faithful and wise approaches to these everyday problems that arise in the local church. If you are looking for practical ways to address problems of decline in the church, working with this text is a very good way to begin.

Tex Sample
Author of Earthy Mysticism (Abingdon Press, 2008)

--
Tex Sample
2502 N. 143rd Drive
Goodyear, AZ 85395

623-536-7976

About the Authors

Karen Vannoy

Karen Vannoy and John Flowers both served in separate new church development projects before they joined forces in revitalization with Travis Park United Methodist Church in San Antonio, and most recently, First United Methodist Church in Phoenix. Karen began work as the District Superintendent of Tucson in the summer of 2012 while John continues church revitalization work, as well as mentoring pastors and congregations. You can contact them through ChurchForTomorrow.com.

John Flowers

Karen Vannoy and John Flowers both served in separate new church development projects before they joined forces in revitalization with Travis Park United Methodist Church in San Antonio and most recently, First United Methodist Church in Phoenix. Karen begins work as the District Superintendent of Tucson in the summer of 2012 while John continues church revitalization work, as well as mentoring pastors and congregations. You can contact them through churchfortomorrow.com.