While the population of the United States grows, the percentage of people attending church continues to plummet. Much of the drop can be attributed to the 70% to 85% of the churches that have plateaued or declined in attendance. However, bright spots are on the church landscape. Many churches, after decades of plateau or decline, begin to turn around and grow as they are led by “turnaround” pastors. This paper explores the leadership characteristics of turnaround pastors in contradistinction to non-turnaround pastors and argues that church renewal and church planting are critical components needed for a healthy twenty-first century church.
Penfold, G. (2012). Characteristics of Turnaround Pastors. Great Commission Research Journal, 3(2), 177-196. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol3/iss2/4