The American Church is on the precipice of a spiritual recession. Our overall membership is shrinking. Young Christians are fleeing. Our donations are drying up. Political fervor is dividing us. Even as these crises eat at the church internally, the once friendly host culture of the United States is quickly turning hostile and antagonistic. American evangelical donations are projected to drop by 46% in 14 years and by 67% in 24-30 years. How can we avoid this devastating collapse? How are we preparing? We will explore these question and more at the giving cliff on April 11!
In the Great Evangelical recession, award-winning journalist and pastor John Dickerson identifies six factors that are radically eroding the American church and offers biblical solutions to prepare us for spiritual success, even in the face of alarming trends. If you care about the state of the church in America, this is both your wake-up call and your road-map to genuine hope.
Mission OC is honored to host leadership from churches and nonprofits in Orange County to connect with each other and dive deep into a conversation around some very real factors and changes that could significantly impact the ministry we do.
Not only will we hear from John S. Dickerson but also a panel of qualified leaders and voices that are in the midst of this conversation and who bring practical experience and expertise to it.
About John Dickerson: John S. Dickerson is senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Prescott, Arizona. An award-winning journalist, his work has earned dozens of honors, including one of the nation's highest, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, given by Tom Brokaw and Charles Gibson. John routinely publishes op-ed columns in some of the nation's largest newspapers and is a sought after speaker. He lives with his wife and children in Arizona
What others are saying:
"A brilliant book. A must-read for any Christian hoping to see their faith regain traction in a changing world."--Gabe Lyons, author, The Next Christians; founder, Q Ideas
"John Dickerson has pulled together some sobering statistics and laid out a biblical game plan for dealing with the inevitable cultural changes that lie ahead. These aren't changes that might occur. They are changes that have occurred (the horse-is-already-out-of-the-barn-type changes). I would encourage every Christian leader to read, ponder, and consider the facts and the strategies John presents in The Great Evangelical Recession. It will help prepare you for the future."--Larry Osborne, pastor and author, North Coast Church, Vista CA
"An important book that every believer should not only read but heed."--Cal Thomas, USA Today columnist and Fox News personality
Jeremy Moser, CFO Mariners Church. Jeremy has participated with Mariners Church on multiple capital campaigns and has led the annual budget process, which is the final piece of their strategic plan. Jeremy brings expertise and experience on how to keep the church living on what the congregation is giving.
Tim Voorhees, Managing Partner, Matsen Voorhees Law, and President Family Office Services. Tim is a national lecturer, trainer, and author of The Best Zero Tax Planning Tools and Reflecting God’s Character in Your Planning. Tim brings 34 years of experience providing wealth, estate, and charitable planning for multi-million dollar estates through national wealth planning organizations and financial service companies.
Dr. John Dickerson (see bio above)