Prominent church analysts agree that over 80% of American Protestant churches are in plateau and decline and that the growth of the church is not keeping pace with the growth of the population. Sacrifice on the part of church leaders and congregants is sorely needed but strongly resisted, as congregations tend to prefer stability and familiarity above risk and change. This paper presents insights into the origin of plateau and decline and offers perspectives, principles, and practices that when properly and faithfully applied, generate health, growth, and multiplication in churches that commit to sustainable church turnaround.
Priddy, K. E. (2012). Church Turnaround: Perspectives, Principles, and Practices. Great Commission Research Journal, 3(2), 161-176. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol3/iss2/3