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What happens when the church you love begins to exhibit alarming unChristian behavior? Do you hang in there and hope things get better? Do you stay to fix what is broken or leave before it is too late?
Casey Sabella invested 15 years of his life serving a dynamic church that blossomed to several satellite locations throughout his state. Many people came to Christ, experiencing extraordinary life change.
His church acquired land and built a center for boys, while publishing a national newspaper to invite people to well-attended seminars featuring popular authors and teachers. For two years, the church sponsored four days of meetings in the civic center in the capitol city.
The church was on track to become one of the first mega churches in the region. Unfortunately, this amazing ministry collapsed under the weight of many unfortunate choices. All that remains today is an open field where horses graze.
Casey joined the church as a teenager and soon felt the call to vocational ministry. Serving first as a deacon, Casey met and married his wife Patti and rose to become an associate pastor. When A Good Church Goes Bad is his story of what happened as the ministry descended from great to horrific.
When A Good Church Goes Bad can also serve The New Testament letters of Paul were written to address difficulties and create the foundation for sound teaching. However, there are some churches which are problematic and must be allowed to fail.
Additional worksheets and audio content are available to help you make decisions about your own church at
Casey and Patti have served in ministry all their married lives. They raised four children, who together with their spouses serve with them in the ministry. He is a prolific writer, conference speaker and podcaster. You can hear his weekly podcasts at or read his blog at .
©2016 Casey Sabella (P)2016 Casey Sabella
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jen on 07-10-17

Great book for those that I've dealt with or are dealing with church issues

Really enjoyed the authors honesty and clarity and encouragement. I like that they also offer a course online that you can work through as you read the book

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1 out of 5 stars
By John on 09-19-16


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book brilliantly describes a pastor's experience over a 15 year period at a large New England church. More importantly Casey provides you with tools for evaluating your own church and your own faith. This is a must read!!!

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