“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” This familiar saying is the crux of this paper. With 85% of the churches in North America in plateau or decline, change is desperately needed. Change is the name-of-the-game in turnaround church ministry. This paper examines the following three crucial questions in turnaround ministry: (1) what are the primary causes of decline in North American churches, (2) what are the changes needed to effectively turn around plateaued or declining churches, and (3) what is the relationship between the changes implemented for turnaround and the causes of decline. Nine turnaround principles are offered for turnaround pastors and churches.
Eymann, D. (2012). Turnaround Church Ministry: Causes of Decline and Changes Needed for Turnaround. Great Commission Research Journal, 3(2), 146-160. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol3/iss2/2