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A New Book Outlines a Game Plan for a Church-led ‘Marriage Renaissance’

These questions and more are explored in Endgame: The Church’s Strategic Move to Save Faith and Family in America, a new book by John Van Epp and J.P. De Gance, who assert that “the church is the only institution that holds the potential to save the future of marriage and family in America.” However, they point out that most “churches currently allocate almost no capital or energy either to marriage ministry or to ministry for relationship health.”
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The Family Crisis Caused the Faith Crisis: Why Marriage Is the Most Urgent Ministry Gap in the Church Today

The breakdown of traditional family structures can be linked to the decline in religious engagement. It points out the diminishing number of households with married parents and emphasizes the impact of this on various societal issues. J.P. De Gance calls attention to the lack of focus on marriage ministries within churches and suggests that addressing this gap is crucial for combating the ongoing faith crisis.

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“Marriage is the most urgent ministry gap in the church today”: US study links faith crisis to family woes

The recent decline in US church attendance is linked to the breakdown of marriages, as highlighted by J.P. De Gance of Communio. He emphasizes the need for churches to prioritize marriage ministries, pointing out that most American churches lack such initiatives. By shifting focus and investing in relationship-centered programs, churches can strengthen families, revitalize faith communities, and promote healthier relationships.

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The Family Crisis Caused the Faith Crisis: Marriage Now the Most Urgent Ministry Gap in the Church

In this urgent call to action, J.P. De Gance highlights the alarming decline of faith and the crucial role of strong marriages in combating it. Through his organization, Communio, he offers insights into the critical need for a metanoia mindset shift within churches to prioritize marriage ministries and foster Christ-centered relationships, aiming to draw people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

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