Dones, Dechurched and Church Refugees

donesA few months ago, I posted an announcement about a research project conducted by Dr. Josh Packard, our partner at the University of Northern Colorado, and Ashleigh Hope, CARD’s 2014 research intern. I’m excited to announce that there are some significant updates on this study, including the June 1 release of their book!

The release of Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People Are DONE with Church but Not Their Faith is now available for pre-order on Amazon. This is the first publication out of this project, and it’s already getting a great deal of interest (currently sitting as the #1 New Release in its category on Amazon).

In addition, Dr. Packard is conducting a webinar about The Dones on June 3. Everyone is invited to register and learn more about the findings of this research.

Interestingly, a companion soundtrack is currently in the works for the book. It is tentatively titled “This is Where You Left Me: Songs for the Dones.” They’ve got some really talented songwriters to use parts of the quotes from research participants to seed the lyrics for their songs. It will be available on the Dechurched Project website in coming weeks.

Obviously, this research has myriad implications for the church and provides an opportunity for those of us within mainline Protestantism to listen to the experiences of those who have left church (including narratives from both pastors and laypersons). Given the findings of the latest Pew study on religious changes in America, this phenomenon is something to which we churched folks should be paying great attention. I am eager to read the book.

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