In case you missed it, the next issue of the 9 marks eJournal has been released. The topic…church revitalization. In the spirit of the theme, I contributed a couple of pieces, one being a book review on an interesting book entitled, The U-Turn Church by Kevin Harney and Bob Bouwer. Here is the intro to the review:
The current church planting trend among evangelicals forces an important question: Why would anyone choose to pastor a struggling church rather than simply plant a new one? Pastors Kevin Harney and Bob Bouwer offer some intriguing answers to this question in their new book The U-Turn Church.
There are two reasons this book piqued my interest: First, I am eight years into a revitalization work in a church that met many of the authors’ criteria of a church that needs a “U-Turn.” Second, before coming to my current church, I spent almost ten years as an associate pastor in large churches that were immersed in a pragmatic philosophy, which made me wonder how the author’s advice would match up to these experiences.
Harney and Bouwer went to pastor two different RCA (Reformed Church in America) congregations that had similar problems. For various reasons, both churches had been either stagnant or in decline for many years. Through an engaging and conversational writing style, these two pastors share how they took these two congregations through a U-Turn and turned them into vibrant mega-churches, and what they learned in the process.
Here are a few ways this book can help pastors who are reforming churches, as well as cautions you will want to consider as you read.
To read the rest of the review on the 9 marks eJournal, click here.
To buy the book at a good sale price, click here. Although this is under the category of book recommendation, I would read my review first before purchasing it. This book does not have my glowing recommendation that most books do that show up at my blog on Fridays.