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Ask Me Why I’m Not In Church answers the difficult question, ‘How do you move your congregation out of complacency and into the community?’

Authors Larry L. Anderson and D. Kyle Canty write with the goal of making it plain for those who understand that they are called to engage the community but have questions about how to go about doing the work?

“The Anderson-Canty partnership seems to be something fashioned by the Spirit of God for achieving Kingdom goals, first in ground-level ministry, but now in merging their insights together to produce an extremely useful manual for fellow missional leaders. These two bring decades of ministry experience as well as a willingness to press against artificial boundaries to do kingdom work.”

—R. Todd Mangum, PhD

Clemens Professor of Missional Theology, Missio Seminary



Dr. Anderson and Dr. Canty are highly experienced pastors who understand both how important it is to preach the gospel and how imperative it is to understand one’s context. They also practice what they preach. In “Ask Me Why I’m Not in Church,” they take the reader on a journey that begins with a stirring of the heart and ends with a missional community of faith. At times prophetic, at times devotional, “Ask Me Why I’m Not in Church” tackles any number of burning cultural issues and seeks to address them through the lens of the Bible. This is an ideal book for pastors, small groups, and Sunday school classes to read and discuss in order to learn how to better understand and reach the community around them. As Anderson and Canty note, our culture is changing rapidly, and this is a book that is sensitive to the needs of our culture yet also faithful in its preaching. This is a resource packed with personal stories, biblical teachings, practical applications, missional strategies (especially T4T), discussion questions, and just the right amount of theological insight. It will be a great addition to your church’s ministry toolkit.

—Derek Cooper, PhD,

Associate Professor of World Christian History at Missio Seminary,

Author of Christianity and World Religions: An Introduction to the World’s Major Faiths



Ask Me Why I’m Not In Church is a love letter to communities facing challenges, an instructional manual for street-level evangelism, and a frank and honest portrayal of one church’s journey into the places where the saving message of Jesus Christ is still turning lives around. I believe this book will have a tremendous impact for Christ as other churches use it as a roadmap for evangelism.

—Solomon Jones,

Author, Praise 107.9 radio host, and Philadelphia Daily News columnist

Ask Me Why I'm Not In Church

Ask Me Why I’m Not In Church