Glenn Hager
Most Recent Book Title
An Irreligious Faith: How to Starve Religion and Feed Life
Book Description
Americans who describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated has been on steady increase for the last fifty years. Currently it stands at about 20% percent. If this trend continues, these “nones” and adherents of other religions will outnumber Christians by 2042. An Irreligious Faith was written for people longing for a stripped down, raw and real way to follow Jesus that makes sense, without all of the baggage of Christendom. These are people who are no longer willing to outsource their spiritual expression to an institution, but want to reunite faith and life.

The book is divided into four sections.

An Irreligious Life: Coerced into Freedom is Glenn’s story of transitioning from being a pastor for over twenty years to being a faith entrepreneur, totally outside the institutional church.

An Irreligious Jesus: Surprised by His Humanity is a study in contrasts between the church and the counter-intuitive, but compelling ways of Jesus.

An Irreligious Church: Shifted into the Reality is a well-reasoned list of practical steps the church could take to be more like Jesus and more attractive to people.

An Irreligious Life: Adjusted to the New Normal is an encouraging guide to help a person who decides to forge a faith apart from the institution.

The book is currently in the editing and cover design phase.
Location (city/state/country)
Winthrop Harbor, IL (Chicago area)
Author bio
Glenn Hager's life experience has run the gambit when it comes to spiritual expression. He has been a pastor for over two decades, a church wanderer for several years, and finally, a person who expresses his faith apart from the institutional church. He has led three churches, several community organizations, and created an online community for people who have opted out of the institutional church.

These days, he devotes his time to encouraging independent minded people of faith, who find Jesus "compelling, but the church, not so much. He is a contributor to the book, "Finding Church and has been published in "Geez Magazine." He also is a columnist for the "Kenosha News."

He lives in the in the northern Chicago burbs with his wife Patty, a spoiled beagle, and a crazy cat. Glennl enjoys his kids, grandkids, bicycling, traveling, reading, guitar playing, trying new restaurants, and chatting with friends.

Glenn is available to assist churches, groups, organizations, and individuals through speaking, consulting, and relationships.

You can connect with him at, Facebook, or Twitter.
Professional Speaker Topics
I understand what it means to be a pastor who is entrenched in church culture and I understand what it means to be an outsider. Possible topics I can address, include: my story, the counter-intuitive ways of Jesus, shifts the church needs to make, and how to deal with those who question or leave the church.

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Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

‎"The visionary is the one who brings his or her voice into the world and who refuses to edit, rehearse, perform, or hide. It is the visionary who knows that the power of creativity is aligned with authenticity."

- Angeles Arrien

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