Stack of Books




McAlpine, Bill, Joel Thiessen, Keith Walker, and Arch Wong. 2021. Signs of Life: Catholic, Mainline, and Conservative Protestant Congregations in Canada. Toronto, ON: Tyndale Academic Publishing.

Thiessen, Joel and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme. 2020. None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Bibby, Reginald, Joel Thiessen, and Monetta Bailey. 2019. The Millennial Mosaic: How Pluralism and Choice Are Shaping Canadian Youth and The Future of Canada. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press.

Thiessen, Joel, Arch Wong, Bill McAlpine, and Keith Walker, eds. 2017. A Preliminary Look at Flourishing Congregations in Canada: What Church Leaders are Saying. Calgary, AB: Flourishing Congregations Institute. (*Not peer reviewed).

Thiessen, Joel. 2015. The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age. Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen's University Press.


Dawson, Lorne L. and Joel Thiessen. 2014. The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Perspective. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.



Thiessen, Joel. 2021. “Evangelism and ‘Nones and Dones’ in Canada.” Northwest Institute for Ministry Education Research.

Wilkins-Laflamme and Joel Thiessen. 2020. "Religious Socialization and Millennial Involvement in Organized and Digital Nonbelief Activities." Secularism and Nonreligion 9 (2): 1-15.

Wong, Arch, Bill McAlpine, Joel Thiessen, and Keith Walker. 2019. “Are you Listening? The Relevance of what Pastoral/Denominational Leaders and Theological Educators are Saying about Preparing Leaders for Ministry.” Practical Theology 12 (3).

Thiessen, Joel, Arch Wong, Bill McAlpine and Keith Walker. 2018. “What is a Flourishing Congregation? Leader Perceptions, Definitions, and Experiences.” Review of Religious Research 61 (1): 13-37.

Thiessen, Joel and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme. 2017. “Becoming a Religious None: Irreligious Socialization and Disaffiliation.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56 (1): 64-82.


Thiessen, Joel. 2016. “A Sociological Description and Defence of Secularization in Canada.” Post-Christendom Studies 1: 97-124.

Thiessen, Joel. 2016. “Kids, You Make the Choice: Religious and Secular Socialization among Marginal Affiliates and Nonreligious Individuals.” Secularism and Nonreligion 5 (1): 1-16.


Thiessen, Joel and Bill McAlpine. 2013. “The Function of Sacred Space: A Sociological and Theological Examination.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 13 (2): 133-146.


Thiessen, Joel.  2012. “Marginal Religious Affiliates in Canada: Little Reason to Expect Increased Church Involvement.” Canadian Review of Sociology 49 (1): 69-90.


Thiessen, Joel. 2010. “Churches are Not Necessarily the Problem: Lessons Learned from Christmas and Easter Affiliates.” Church and Faith Trends 3 (3): 1-24.


Thiessen, Joel and Lorne L. Dawson. 2008. “Is There a ‘Renaissance’ of Religion in Canada? A Critical Look at Bibby and Beyond.” Studies in Religion 37 (3-4): 389-415. (*Reprinted in Beaman, Lori G., ed. 2012. Religion and Canadian Society: Contexts, Identities, and Strategies. 2nd Edition. Pp.91-114.)




Thiessen, Joel. 2016. “Sociological Foundations of Christian Morality.” Pp. 47-61 in Christian Morality: An Interdisciplinary Framework for Thinking about Contemporary Moral Issues, edited by G.W. Sutton and B. Schmidly. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick.


Thiessen, Joel. 2013. “Missionaries in our own Backyard: The Canadian Context.” Pp.127-144 in Missionary Methods: Research, Reflections, and Realities, edited by Craig Ott and J.D. Payne. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.




Bird, Warren, Joel Thiessen, and 13 others. 2015. “Large Canadian Churches Draw an Estimated 300,000 Worshippers Each Week: Findings from a National Study.” Leadership Network. 12 pages.




Thiessen, Joel. 2021. Book Review of Ryan Burge’s The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going. Review of Religious Research 63 (3): 478-488.

Thiessen, Joel. 2020. Book Review of Pamela E. Klassen and Monique Scheer’s The Public Work of Christmas: Difference and Belonging in Multicultural Societies. Sociology of Religion 81 (4): 494-496.

Thiessen, Joel. 2016. Book Review of Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope’s Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People are DONE with Church but not Their Faith. Sociology of Religion 77 (4): 439-440.


Thiessen, Joel. 2016. Book Review of Christel Manning’s Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children. American Sociological Association Section on the Sociology of Religion Newsletter Fall 2016: 6-7.


Thiessen, Joel. 2016. Book Review of Sam Reimer and Michael Wilkinson’s A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada. Sociology of Religion 77 (1): 104-106.


Thiessen, Joel. 2015. Book Review of Douglas J. Davies and Adam J. Powell’s Sacred Selves, Sacred Settings: Reflecting Hans Mol. Reviews in Religion and Theology 22 (4): 325-327.


Thiessen, Joel. 2014. Book Review of David A. Williamson and George Yancey’s There is No God: Atheists in America. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53 (2): 453-455.


Thiessen, Joel.  2011. Book Review of Reginald Bibby’s Beyond the Gods and Back: Religions’ Demise and Rise and Why it Matters. Church and Faith Trends 4 (1): 1-4.