The Most Significant Single Changes in Turnaround Churches: Five Examples

Episode #609
January 24, 2020
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Using research gleaned from the successes of turnaround churches, Thom and Sam reveal the five most significant single changes made by a turnaround church.


  1. Concerted and intentional corporate prayer
  2. A pastor-led outward focus
  3. Necessary subtractions 
  4. A movement of focus
  5. A pastoral commitment to stay 

Other highlights:

  • Prayer is a key element in helping move your church from a negative tone to a positive tone.
  • Expecting your church to turnaround without prayer is an improper expectation.
  • Churches which are human centered are doomed for failure. 
  • The church is not supposed to be a cafeteria for church members.
  • Turnaround in the church is usually not going to occur with a series of short-term pastors.

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