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Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This Lent I will be studying the book Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer and I would like for you to consider reading along. The fourteen chapters detail congregations that have experienced a downward spiral and struggled with how to respond. In many ways, the book is not earth-shattering. Most of what you will encounter will be common sense but common sense that is being ignored because, frankly, we are arrogant. We think our church is different than those that have fallen by the wayside.
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During the season of Lent, I encourage all of our congregations to use Rainer’s book as a teaching for small groups, Sunday School or vestry retreats. At the end of every chapter, there are questions to jump-start the conversation. I look forward to hearing about your encounter with Autopsy of a Deceased Church.
The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
Bishop of Louisiana
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