Church Refugees (hard cover)
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Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith
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By Josh Packard, Ph.D. and Ashleigh Hope

They’re called The Dones.
After devoting a lifetime to their churches, they'’re walking away. Why?

Sociologists Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope reveal the results of a major study about the exodus from the American church.

And what they'’ve discovered may surprise you...
  • Church refugees aren'’t who you’'d expect. Among those scrambling for the exits are the church’'s staunchest supporters and leaders.
  • Leaving the church doesn'’t mean abandoning the faith. Some who are done with church report they'’ve never felt spiritually stronger.
  • The door still remains open--—a crack. Those who'’ve left remain hungry for community and the chance to serve--—and they’'re finding both.


  • Sifting through hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews, Packard and Hope provide illuminating insights into what has become a major shift in the American landscape.

    If you’'re in the church, discover the major reasons your church may be in danger of losing its strongest members—--and what you can do to keep them.

    If you’'re among those done with church, look for your story to be echoed here. You'’re not alone--—and at last you'’re understood.


Hard cover
143 pages
6" x 9" hardcover
Josh Packard is a professor of sociology at the University of Northern Colorado, co-director of the Social Research Lab, and the author of numerous academic articles, reviews, and books. He’s also an active church member with a deep desire to understand the phenomenon of widespread church decline.

Ashleigh Hope is earning a doctorate in sociology at Vanderbilt University where she researches religion, community, and health. She is a member of a church in Nashville.

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