An epidemic of empty seats has broken out in churches all across America. It has infected storefront churches on side streets, mainline churches on Broad St., and suburban mega ministries sprawling across multiple streets. Every Sunday, virtually everywhere, preachers are forced to stand in the pulpit and preach to empty seats.
What is the cause of this condition? Who are the characters responsible for this condition?
What is the cure for this condition? The present powerful and insightful book by Dr. C. Dexter Wise III addresses this issue by first identifying nine key contributors to the rise and prevalence of empty seats in our sanctuaries. Then, secondly, he offers more than 100 concrete practical church growth steps which local churches can take to fill those empty seats with people on fire for the Lord.
Dr. C. Dexter Wise III began preaching at the age of nine. Since 1977, he has pastored three large churches and helped lead each of them to filling hundreds of empty seats. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA); Harvard University Divinity School (M. Div.); Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (MA); and United Theological Seminary (D. Min.). Dr. Wise is the founding pastor of Faith Ministries Church in Columbus, Ohio, and is internationally recognized as a dynamic preacher, a gifted teacher, a prolific author, and a highly respected community leader. His wife, Dr. Shirley D. Wise, and he have four children and nine grandchildren.