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The 52 Churches Workbook: Becoming a Spiritual Community that Matters (ebook)

The 52 Churches Workbook: Becoming a Spiritual Community that Matters (ebook)

Don’t just imagine how to make your church better. Do something.

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What would you learn if you visited 52 churches?

How might that experience change the way you treated visitors at your church?

But you don’t need to go to a boatload of churches to find out. Church-reform advocate Peter DeHaan, PhD already has. The 52 Churches Workbook is the perfect tool to gain valuable insights without the pain and hassle of going to a different church every Sunday for an entire year.

Merely thinking about making your church better isn’t enough. It’s time to act.

With over 200 thought-provoking questions to propel you and your church forward, you’ll discover:

  • How to greet visitors well.
  • The importance of making a good first impression and a parting memory.
  • The way one person can make the difference between success and failure.
  • Best practices from churches that treat visitors well, along with what to avoid.
  • Why a website is critical and shouldn’t resemble a dating profile.

The 52 Churches Workbook is the perfect companion for 52 Churches, but it also works great as a standalone book for those who haven’t yet read 52 Churches.

Don’t go another Sunday without this essential resource. Perfect for leaders and members.

Get The 52 Churches Workbook and take the first step to becoming a church that matters.


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What started as a desire to learn more about nearby churches morphed into a much bigger vision. At God’s prompting, I planned an unconventional faith journey, one of adventure and discovery. My goal was to learn what he would show me by visiting a different Christian church every Sunday for a year.

My wife, Candy, served as my faithful accomplice throughout the whole thing. We eventually called our sojourn “52 Churches.”

Some people thought we were crazy. We were. Others thought we were brave. We weren’t. Any courage came from our dependence on God each step of the way.

Each week I blogged about our experience. Readers wanted more.

Then I wrote a book: 52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common Faith.

Readers still asked for more.

This book is the first step in providing more: more information and more insight. This workbook is a guide to discovering key truths from 52 Churches that we can apply to our local branches of Jesus’s church.

Note that 52 Churches is a narrative that celebrates the good we experienced when visiting churches, along with some recommendations for improvement. To be of maximum value, this workbook, however, focuses on the items needing correction. This isn’t to denigrate the churches we attended, but to serve as a guide to move all churches into a more effective outreach.

Use this book in whatever way benefits you the most. It might be for personal introspection, a small group or Sunday school class discussion starter, or as a guide for church leadership to reform church practices for greater kingdom impact.

As we move forward to contemplate and respond to this workbook, we can become a church that matters to our community and advances the good news of Jesus.

But whatever you do, don’t let this book collect dust. Read it, contemplate it, and apply it. Then give God the glory for the results.


Meet Author Peter DeHaan

Peter DeHaan, PhD, often makes religious people squirm, but spiritual seekers cheer. He’s not trying to be provocative, but he seeks truth, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. He yearns for Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

Peter earned his doctorate, awarded with high distinction, from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife in beautiful Southwest Michigan and wrangles crossword puzzles in his spare time.

Learn more about Peter