This is the Endgame.
America faces a family crisis. This crisis has battered society – causing a cascade of social ills and diminishing belief in Jesus Christ. So far, the Church has struggled to address it. This threat is existential and calls for the People of God to leverage their whole heart, soul, and mind in using the very best strategies to combat it. Endgame recognizes that time is running out for the Church to solve the crisis. It analyzes pathbreaking empirical research and provides insights on new strategies churches are deploying to solve this crisis and save family and faith in America.
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About the Authors
J.P. De Gance
JP is the co-author of the book, Endgame: The Church’s Strategic Move to Save Faith and Family in America and the founder and president of Communio, a nonprofit that consults with churches equipping them with proven strategies and technologies to solve our nation’s family and faith crisis. Originally incubated as the Culture of Freedom Initiative at The Philanthropy Roundtable where he served as the organization’s executive vice president, the Initiative raised and spent $20 million over three years in three different states seeking to identify the most effective strategies to boost marital health and family stability. The experimental initiative worked with an ecumenical network of churches and drove down the divorce rate by 24 percent in Jacksonville, FL. Since then, JP has led Communio to partner with churches across the country to help strategically design and run their own Data-Informed, Full-Circle Relationship Ministries®. A husband and father, JP lives in Virginia with his amazing wife Christina and their 8 young children.
John Van Epp, Ph.D.
President and Founder of Love Thinks, LLC is also the author of How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk (or Jerkette) and Becoming Better Together: the RAM plan for growing together when life is pulling you apart. Van Epp developed relationship programs that have been taught by over 35,000 certified instructors to over one million participants in every branch of the military, social agencies, marriage and family coalitions, high schools, universities, and in all fifty states and eleven countries. He has also been a founding church pastor, an adjunct seminary professor in marriage and family, and a clinical counselor for 25‐years in his private counseling practice. Van Epp, his innovative Relationship Attachment Model [RAM], and his relationship courses were awarded the Smart Marriage Impact Award, the National Association of Relationship & Marriage Education Impact Award. They have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Psychology Today, O Magazine, and Cosmopolitan, and appeared on the CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, Fox News and Focus on the Family. Van Epp holds a B.S. in Biblical and Pastoral Studies; a M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling; a M.A. in Church History; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He has been happily married for over 40 years and is the proud father of two daughters and five grandchildren.