Dr. Bob Pearle, author of The Vanishing Church, was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Clarendon Hills, IL, from 1985-1990. During that time, he was part of the Missions Committee and the Administrative and Finance Committee with the Chicago Metropolitan Baptist Association. He was also involved with Illinois Baptist State Association's Order of Business Committee. The local newspaper, The Doings - Clarendon Hill, included Dr. Pearle in an article January 12. You can read the article below or see the original on here.
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Pastor Bob Pearle, who served as the pastor at the First Baptist Church of Clarendon Hills from 1985 to 1990, has released a new book entitled The Vanishing Church. Pearle, who has served as a pastor for 30 years, argues that declining membership in Protestant churches throughout the U.S. -- and especially Baptist churches -- is the result of churches trying to conform to cultural norms instead of seeing their roles as "counter cultural." In fact, the pastor asks whether or not the church is even necessary in today's society, and he then offers suggestions for how church leaders can grow their congregations.
Pearle is the president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and pastor of Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. When he lived in Illinois, Pearle was on the board of the Missions Committee with the Chicago Metropolitan Baptist Association and also was active in the Illinois Baptist State Association. The Vanishing Church is 144 pages long and costs $14.95. For more information, visit. www.hannibalbooks.com or call (800) 747-0738.