I am reading another great book that I want to tell you about. The title might scare you a bit, but it is a very important book. Autopsy of a Deceased Church is by Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In his book, Rainer helps pastors and church members find radical paths that are necessary to help keep their churches alive and thriving and advancing the kingdom of God. He says, "Often the decline is in the physical facilities, but it is much more than that. The decline is in the vibrant ministries that once existed. The decline is in the prayer lives of the members who remain. The decline is in the outward focus of the church. The decline is in the connection with the community. The decline is in the hopes and dreams of those who remain." If you are part of a strong and vibrant church in your community, give God glory and praise. But read this book! It will help you in the future should slow erosion and decline begin to build. If you are part of a church that is declining in your community, pray to our awesome God! Ask Him to reveal to you and your church family the truths that you need to see and hear, regardless of how painful it may be. Read this book! Rainer gives us valuable truths that point us to God's purposes and plans for His church. And if you are part of a church that is standing still in your community, pray to our awesome God! Ask Him to wake you and your church family up to the truths that you need to know. If you are not growing, you are dying. You need to read this book. As Christ followers, as churches placed in the communities, we have the greatest message that anyone has to offer: God loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him! God has made a way for us to stand before Him in righteousness, forgiven of all our sins! The way is Jesus! Our churches should be shouting this message from the rooftops with joyful passion! But the reality today is that there are churches dying every day in our communities. There are churches who have lost their passion, lost their message, and lost their heartbeat. Autopsy of a Deceased Church gives us 12 ways to keep our churches alive. Get this book. Read this book. Commit to pray for your church and all churches!