What exactly is Unchurching?
What exactly is "unchurching"? Is it anti-church? Or is it just a different way of thinking about church? Watch this 2 minute animated video to find out.
The comic is a great primer for folks who are new to the unchurching conversation, but it only scratches the surface. Unchurching: Christianity Without Churchianity will challenge everything you thought you knew about church. Watch the video above to find out why. Then click here to view the book on Amazon or click here to download free sample chapters.
In addition to the podcast, Richard runs a Facebook group for thousands of people who are unchurching, many of whom are connecting in the real-world to have fellowship, start house churches, and more. Additionally, he helped coordinate an Unconference, which drew numerous unchurching folks together from all over the country.
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Long before Richard finished writing his book, Unchurching, he began sharing some of his wild ideas about church in the form of cartoons and animated videos. Here are a few favorite cartoons. If you're viewing these on a mobile device, simply click to advance.
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Richard Jacobson quit his job as a full-time pastor, once he realized the organized church model is at odds with biblical church community. Since then, Richard has created animations, cartoons, and presentations about church, including the Church Anarchist animated videos. He is also the author of Unchurching: Christianity Without Churchianity. The book has been met with wildly positive reviews, leading to several interviews and endorsements, many of which can be found here.
Richard and Gunnar (Richard's co-host on The Unchurching Podcast) each have years of public speaking experience. In fact, here's a video of Richard speaking to an institutional church congregation about unchurching. If you'd like to invite Richard or Gunnar (or both) to speak to your group, please click the button below.
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"So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." - Romans 12:5
This TED Talk could really challenge your concept of what "church" is. Watch it, share it! https://t.co/5LDnwu6YxB
This section will be updated as new book reviews and interviews are posted. So, make sure to check back from time to time.
ENDORSEMENTS For Unchurching
"I have written several books about church myself, but this one is better than any of the ones I have written." – Jeremy Myers, author of The Atonement of God
"If you are searching for the truth about the way we 'do' church … this is the book for you! I guarantee that it will completely rock your world." – Milt Rodriguez, author of The Community Life of God
"Richard Jacobson has been on both sides of this shift and is uniquely qualified to write about it—which he does well, with insight, humility, and scholarship … Highly recommended." – Felicity Dale, author of An Army of Ordinary People
"As I read this book I felt my pulse quicken and my heart leap for joy because everything Richard writes about is centered on, around, and in relation to the One who would rather die than live without us." – Keith Giles, author of This Is My Body: Ekklesia As God Intended
"Unchurching will help you capture a vision for a fresh start that is built upon the Lord Jesus Christ … " – Jon Zens, author of A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile
Book Reviews Of Unchurching
Review of Unchurching by Jeremy Myers
Review of Unchurching by Milt Rodriguez
Review of Unchurching by Theology Mix
Review of Unchurching by Wesley Rostoll
Review of Unchurching by K. C. Jones
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Halfway There Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson (Part 1) for Not Your Pastor's Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson (Part 2) for Not Your Pastor's Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Inglorious Pasterds Podcast (Warning: explicit content)
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Outside the Walls Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for Pancake's House Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Life Uncut Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for The Daily Take Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson (Part 1) for the Snarky Faith Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson (Part 2) for the Snarky Faith Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Tendril Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Two Worlds Media Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Church of the Heart Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Mindshift Podcast
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Twisted Sisterds Podcast (Warning: explicit content)
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Taxpayers Voice of Reason on KTXW, The Bridge (The actual interview starts around 32:00)
Interview with Richard Jacobson for the Sin Boldly Podcast and Even McClanahan's radio show
Interview with Richard Jacobson for The CIMIWORLD At Large Radio Show with Berch Harris (four part interview)
Blog interview with Richard Jacobson by Keith Giles
Blog interview with Richard Jacobson by 3rd Race
Blog interview with Richard Jacobson by Trellis Magazine
Blog interview with Richard Jacobson by Divine Detour
Blog interview with Richard Jacobson by Liz Rios
Unchurching discussion forum with Richard Jacobson at Grace Community Church in Grafton, Ohio
Presentation by Richard Jacobson: Why Not Let Jesus Build His Church? at the One in Messiah Conference in Sacremento, California
Book Recommendations by Jon Zens
Guest Post by Richard Jacobson
Communication Breakdown for 3rd Race
Five Star Reviews of Unchurching
The vast majority of the reviews for Unchurching are all five-star reviews. Here's just a small sampling.
"Far from being the diatribe of a church-basher, this well thought out, easy to follow book is a sensitive and loving look at the Bride of Christ and her role in God's plan." (Except from this review.)
"I was struggling for a while with institutionalized church, though my faith was unwavering- and this book has helped me navigate that feeling and reminds me that there is a community of people with similar thoughts." (Excerpt from this review.)
"This book has helped me vocalize what I've felt for years but just couldn't find the words to explain it." (Excerpt from this review.)
"Unchurching is easy to read. The context is plain and simple, its scope is profound." (Excerpt from this review.)
"This is a book I'd feel comfortable and plan on giving to several close friends and family to help them understand why I haven't lost my sanity by choosing not to 'go to church.'" (Excerpt from this review.)
"I enjoyed reading Unchurching so much I read it twice. The book was a joy to read because it was so un-condemning in its approach to what the church was meant to be." (Excerpt from this review.)
"This book has officially taken the top spot as my current favorite on the topic. I almost burned dinner the night that I began reading it because I couldn't put it down." (Excerpt from this review.)
"I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has or is questioning whether church meetings and church corporations need to be the way they are--or even if they should!" (Excerpt from this review.)
"Richard has really colored in and defined what was so gray with my thoughts and feelings I have been experiencing. I am no longer trying to nail jello to the wall!" (Excerpt from this review.)
"Unchurching helps clarify the journey and cuts through all the hype and tradition of the organized church that will birth something fresh and biblical." (Excerpt from this review.)