Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can Too

Front Cover
B&H Publishing Group, 2007 - Religion - 226 pages
32 Reviews
Research shows that over time, most churches plateau and then eventually decline. Typically, they start strong and experience periods of growth, then stagnate and lose members. Since 1991, the North American population has increased by 15 percent while the number of "unchurched" people has increased by 92 percent. Large church houses that were filled in the 1950s and `60s now hold a fraction of their capacity.

To counter this trend, authors Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson surveyed 300 churches from across ten different denominations that recently achieved healthy evangelistic growth after a significant season of decline. What they have discovered is an exciting method of congregation reinvigoration that is shared in the new book entitled Comeback Churches.

Endorsements

“As a successful pastor, church planter, researcher, and advisor to thousands of churches, Ed Stetzer speaks from a wealth of experience with all kinds of churches. Now, in one volume, your church can benefit from his wisdom. This book is a winner!”
Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and The Purpose-Driven Church

“First and foremost, it is biblical. Second, it is well researched. And third, it is immensely practical and applicable . . . this book should be in the hands of hundreds of thousands of pastors, staff, and church leaders. Simply stated, it is just that good.” —Thom S. Rainer, author of Simple Church, president/CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources

“Finally, a book of practical advice that is based on research. I have seen it both ways— endless research with little advice, or, much advice with little facts. This book strikes the balance with perfection.” —Elmer Towns, Dean of Liberty University

“This is the most helpful, practical book on church revitalization I've read this century.” —Leonard Sweet, Drew Theological School, George Fox University

Comeback Churches is more than a pep talk. It's rooted in the 'right stuff' to bring a congregation out of the dismal into the vital.” —Jack W. Hayford, President, International Foursquare Churches, Chancellor, The King's College and Seminary

“No one, to my knowledge, has done the hard research, presented the facts, and offered such sound advice as Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson… Comeback Churches is the number-one book on turning around declining and plateauing church ministry. —Gary L. McIntosh, D.Min., Ph.D., Biola University

“A refreshing book by authors who know how to make research exciting and instructional. Leaders and members of non-growing evangelical churches should read this book (it wouldn't hurt mainliners either)!” —Bill Easum, Easum, Bandy & Associates

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
15
4 stars
6
3 stars
7
2 stars
4
1 star
0

Review: Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can, Too

User Review  - Milo Miller - Goodreads

A dry read, but a good book with solid advice and statistics. A great read for anyone in Church leadership. Read full review

Review: Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can, Too

User Review  - Brenda - Goodreads

This is a study of 324 churches in decline/plateau which were able to change into a sustained growth mode. "Change" is a key word along with prayer, preaching, evangelism. The book discusses obstacles to becoming a comeback church and gives numerous examples from the 324 churches. Read full review

Related books

References from web pages

Comeback Churches
This seminar will be based on the book Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can Too by Ed Stetzer, director of Lifeway Research and ...
www2.kybaptist.org/ comeback

Comeback Churches : About the Book
Comeback Churches. About the Book · About the Author · Buy the Book · Other books by this author · Revitalization Organizations · Recommended Reading ...
www.bhpublishinggroup.com/ comebackchurches/ endorsements.html

Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can Too
Comeback Churches:. How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can Too. Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson (Broadman and Holman, 224 pp., hardcover). ...
enrichmentjournal.ag.org/ top/ month_bookreview.cfm

Shapevine Missional Simple and House Church Spiritual Leaders ...
Shapevine is the starting point for Missional Church, Simple Church, House Church movements, a place to Network, Think, Imagine and Act within our community ...
www.shapevine.com/ edstetz/ weblog/ 1270.html

Baptist Press - 'Comeback churches' refuse to remain plateaued or ...
In the new book, "Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can, Too," authors Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson researched 300 churches among 10 ...
www.bpnews.net/ bpnews.asp?id=25593

Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around And Yours Can ...
Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around And Yours Can Too, Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around And Yours Can Too Item # 03TW0461 ...
www.gospelpublishing.com/ store/ startitem.cfm?& path=& cat=mCHURLEAD& ctnt=& item=030461

thinx: Comeback Churches #4
As I re-work through Comeback Churches by Ed Stetzer quote after quote leaps out worth reflecting upon. Under the chapter 3 Faith Factors these quotes leaps ...
ronduty.blogspot.com/ 2007/ 09/ comeback-churches-4.html

Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can ...
Can the estimated 340000 declining and/ or plateaued churches in America rebound from their malaise? Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson each have led the way for ...
www.youthworker.com/ reviews/ books/ 11558328/

Microsoft powerpoint - Comeback Churches Final
Wednesday Host: Scott Evans. President of Outreach Inc and. Outreach Magazine. Over 10 years of experience. in church outreach ...
outreachtraining.com/ documents/ ComebackChurchesTeleconference.pdf

Mid Atlantic District Church of the Nazarene - Ed Stetzer Information
Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can, Too. Research shows that over time, most churches plateau and then eventually decline. ...
www.manaz.org/ page.aspx?id=308189

About the author (2007)

Ed Stetzer has served churches for 20 years, served as a seminary professor, and now is senior director of the Center for Missional Research at the North American Mission Board where he researchers churches and culture for more
effective ministry. He holds two masters and two doctoral degrees and has written dozens of articles and books including Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community.

Mike Dodson has served as a pastor and church planter strategist for more than ten years. He lives with his wife and children in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic information