This article presents a way to understand church growth from the perspective of reaching, assimilating, and developing people in the church. In Re:Vision: The Key to Transforming Your Church, Aubrey Malphurs and Penfold researched the characteristics discovered in re-envisioning (turnaround) pastors. The two researchers gathered a great deal of information about the ministry and practices of effective pastors including statistics on worship attendance, conversions, and baptisms. The statistics on conversion and baptism did not find their way into the book. This article examines worship attendance, conversion, baptism, and assimilation rates of reporting pastors. These rates reveal a great deal about churches. Turnaround and non-turnaround churches are evaluated based on these statistics, not just on worship attendance.
Penfold, G. E. (2019). Reach, Assimilate and Develop: Essential Keys for the Resurgence of the Church in America. Great Commission Research Journal, 10(2), 50-71. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol10/iss2/4