This article addresses the theological and strategic issues affecting current turnaround churches in North America. In at least two scenarios, pastors can either “blow up” or “grow up” their church. The difference lies in the way change is introduced. Dr. Hunter explains that the biblical model of repentance, or metanoia, is always focused on turning towards God. To refocus the church’s mission on discipleship and away from the cultural drift, an understanding of the three most common church change strategies is essential. This discussion includes an analysis of the transition, extension, and organic models, along with an illustration of what constitutes church health.
Hunter, K. R. (2013). Blow Ups or Grow Ups: Strategic Issues for Turnaround Churches. Great Commission Research Journal, 4(2), 225-234. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol4/iss2/6