Most pastors in America are ministering in churches that are in a state of stagnation or decline. The U-Turn Church walks readers through the debilitating roadblocks of tradition, lack of vision or leadership, structural problems, and concerns about denominational distinctives to forge a new way forward into a hope-filled future. Through the stories of two churches that have experienced healthy transformation, readers will see that there is not just one right way to reverse decline. They will receive practical help and wisdom born of experience as they begin their own U-Turn journey.
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The idea of a U-Turn essentially means moving from unhealthy to health, from stagnation to growth; from something aimlessness to purposefulness. It is no longer time to carry on business-as-usual for churches that are not growing. It is time to make a U-turn! This is the premise of the authors, that churches need to grow in terms of numbers as well as spiritual vitality.
What the Book is About
The authors guide the reader by firstly recognizing a need to change our current mode of doing church. This recognition comes about beginning with God, granting us holy zeal, a deep sense of urgency, a clear vision and continuing prayer. Without these it is not even possible to talk about any U-turns. In other words, before we can even make a U-turn, we need to know WHERE to U-turn from.
The second part of the book deals with the details of what a U-turn looks like. Churches need to U-turn by: - Moving from 'Personal Preferences' to 'Biblical...
If you look at your church and have a deep sense that something fresh and new needs to happen, you are not alone, according to Kevin Harney and Bob Bouwer in this book. The book aims to give hope to church leaders as they enter a Spirit-directed U-Turn journey that will lead to a season of health, faithfulness, growth and new vision, a journey which the authors have themselves experienced.
So, what does it take for a church to make this sort of U-turn? The authors describe how a U-Turn begins, not with the heart of a church leader or the desperation of a church board, but with a holy zeal from the loving heart of God. Other elements needed in the beginning of the process are urgency, a crystal-clear vision, and the power of prayer. The book then goes on the describe the factors required in the middle of the U-Turn, and how the U-Turn journey never finishes.
Two of the things which I found most helpful about the book are the concepts of "holy zeal" and "the wow...
A great read. Having grown up a short distance from Corinth Reformed Church I have some personal knowledge of their U-Turn experience. This book shold be mandatory reading for all involve in churches struggling with stagnation and declining membership. A great resource and companion read with "Who Stole My Church".
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