Many people are currently discussing the need for restoration within the body of Christ. The status quo of the evangelical church and its structures are no longer working for many people looking for something more in line with the picture of Christianity in the first century. As you seek to understand these issues, the following list of resources have proven helpful to me. I realize that many or most of these resources would be considered controversial and would likely be banned by many ecclesiastical bodies:
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair
Bean, K. (2014). How to be a Christian without going to church: The unofficial guide to alternative forms of Christian community. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
Burleson, W. (2016). Fraudulent Authority: Pastors Who Seek To Rule Over Others. Enid, OK: Istoria Ministries.
Chrnalogar, M. A. (1997). Twisted scripture: Breaking free from churches that abuse. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing.
Cole, N. (2010). Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Henderson, J., & Murren, D. (2015). Question mark: Why the church welcomes bullies and how to stop it. Edmonds, WA: 90-Day Books.
Jacobsen, W. (2014). Finding church: What if there really is something more? Newbury Park, CA: Trailview Media.
Jacobson, R. (2016). Unchurching: Christianity without Churchianity. Unchurching Books.
Johnson, D., & VanVonderen, J. (1991). The subtle power of spiritual abuse: Recognizing and escaping manipulation and false spiritual authority within the church. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers.
Packard, J., & Hope, A. (2015). Church refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are done with church but not their faith. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing.
Simms, S. (2015). Beyond church: An invitation to experience the lost word of the bible – ekklesia. Harper Simms Press.
Spencer, M. (2010). Mere churchianity: Finding your way back to a Jesus-shaped spirituality. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press.
Turner, M. P. (2014). Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity. New York: Jericho Books.
VanVonderen, J. (1995). When God’s people let you down: How to rise above the hurts that often occur within the church. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers.
Viola, F. (2008). Reimagining church: Pursuing the dream of organic christianity. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.
Viola, F., & Barna, G. (2012). Pagan christianity? Exploring the roots of our church practices. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.
Zens, J. (2011) The pastor has no clothes! Moving from clergy-centered church to Christ-centered ekklesia. Omaha, NE: Ekklesia Press.
Zens, J. (2017). Jesus is Family: His Life Together. Orange, CA: Quoir.
Eger, J. C. (2016?). New Reformation Arising
Websites / Podcasts
This is Frank Viola’s website with written articles and other content.
Christ is All podcast
This is Frank Viola’s podcast that has some great content helping to rethink the body of Christ and other key topics.
This is Richard Jacobson’s site with the former content from church anarchist.com. Really good, clear animated presentations. Richard Jacobson and Gunnar Faulk also have an Unchurching podcast with good content and a Facebook page (community) by the same name.
This is the site of the late Michael Spencer, the internet monk, that is still kept active.
This has some humorous and other content about problems in the church.