Problems can be specifically identified and specific responses can be applied to solve the problem. The book illustrated that when churches are made up of people who are in poor spiritual health, it affects the whole body. Working to be aware that these spiritual maladies may exist in the church, diagnosing which malady is present, and working on a cure for the specific malady is essential for church health.
Just about every immature behavior at some point has been in churches, even in the leadership of churches. The illustrations from the book if they are true illustrate that we should not be surprised to find any kind of immature or sinful behavior in the church. In many cases, the leadership and other members of the congregation tolerate the behavior.
If we are not careful, one immature, but influential person can cause a whole church to be unhealthy. It is remarkable how at times a church member with the least spiritual maturity can be one of the most powerful and influential members of the church. Churches and their leaders need to be aware of this malady.
In the end, each of these maladies is a spiritual problem. Church members need to continue to cling to Christ and walk with him daily in community in order to avoid the enemy who prowls around and devour believers and even whole churches with spiritual diseases.
One disagreement was in the way scripture was used to illustrate points. We should assume that any passage of scripture had intention from the original author and meaning for the original audience. In Why Churches Die, the authors found meaning in passages that was not intended by the author and understood by the audience. For example, it was not proven that the purpose of the story of Caleb was to cure spiritual apathy or that Miriam got leprosy because she was a gossip or that Samson had spiritual astigmatism. The authors used the scripture as a book of stories that they infused meaning into for the purpose of illustrating a point. This is a dangerous and unhelpful method of using the scriptures.
The second disagreement was in the amount of effort given for the solutions to the problems. In general, the descriptions of the problems took the vast majority of the space of the book and the solutions were often weak, incomplete, and lacking of biblical insight.
This book is book is helpful at giving an overview of typical problems in some churches. If you are looking for a book that offers advice on solving the problems, keep looking.