The authors of this book ask the most important question of their congregation, 'Why are you here?" Their list of suggested answers includes: 'My parents make me come', 'I come for the music', 'I come for the donuts and coffee', and 'I come for the fellowship.' A few core volunteers come to do service, but some volunteers are not capable of actually serving. Sadly, truly, some volunteers come for the fellowship.
This book is recommended to church leaders, giving them guidelines where and how to look for ways to rebuild their congregations into - not merely faithful worshipers or just good church people, but rather into followers of Christ who will participate in evangelizing their congregation, their neighborhood, their friends, their city. I. e., parents of small tots look for a church that actually has a clean nursery, see which parishioners fill out mass intention cards, find out who objects most volubly to changes made in the church entryway, look for the staff member that plays computer games in their office, throw away the artificial flowers - only real flowers should be used in the church.
The authors attended services at growing mega churches to learn the differences between stifled, neighborhood parishes and the churches that attracted people from all over the city. What I learned from the book was that it is not just religion and faith in the pastor that attracts one to a parish, it is the spirit of the people who attend the church that attracts others to join in with your congregation.
I recommend that every church member read, and understand, what it takes to rebuild Christ's church.