There are a whole lot of people who used to go to church who don't anymore. Men and women across denominations, age, socioeconomics, and life experiences who used to be faithful followers of Jesus have now found themselves outside of the systems they once had given their hearts, time, money, and families to for many years. The rise of the "Dones" (done with "church as they knew it" but not with God) and "Nones" (no specific spiritual affiliation) continues to increase, and research points to a steady decline in church attendance.
There are all kinds of labels and terms being tossed around the world wide web, but the reality is that behind every generalization is a real person--a flesh and blood human being who is navigating some kind of "faith shift" where everything we once believed comes apart.
And faith shifts hurt. When we lose once tightly held beliefs, we often lose structures and systems we once belonged to as well as relationships with certain people. The losses mount, and in the end, many of us lose our identity and aren't quite sure where to turn.
I know this feeling of deep loss and wrote Faith Shift: Finding Our Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart as a tangible, honest tool for those of us who have lost so much when it comes to faith and aren't quite sure how to find our way forward. It's filled with stories of struggle and hope and offers common language that can help us feel less crazy and less alone. This video series doesn't replace Faith Shift but includes 7 reflections on some of the major themes of the book, along with various discussion questions that can help a group process through some of it.
My hope and heart is that somehow some way everyone who listens and shares will feel a little less crazy, a little less alone, and a lot more hope.
I always love to hear what might get stirred up. You can reach me through my website at www.kathyescobar.com.
Peace and Hope,
The curriculum includes 7 films with accompanying discussion guide. (Note: to download discussion guides click "Additional Content File" in download box. For Personal Streaming subscribers, download HERE).
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