The U-Turn Church

New Direction for Health and Growth

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You don't need to tell pastors that the majority of churches in America are in a state of stagnation or decline. Most of them are ministering in such a church. Now two pastors who turned their churches around show leaders how they can help usher in a new season of health, faithfulness, growth, and vision in their churches.

The U-Turn Church walks readers through the roadblocks of tradition, lack of vision or leadership, structural problems, and concerns about denominational distinctives to forge a new way forward into a hope-filled future. Through the stories of two churches that have experienced healthy transformation, readers will see that there is not just one right way to reverse decline. They will receive practical help and wisdom born of experience as they begin their own U-Turn journey.


"Kevin Harney is a voice of both wisdom and experience when it comes to navigating change at a church. What a needed book!"--John Ortberg, bestselling author; senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, California

"Does your church need a U-Turn toward stronger health and more effective outreach? Kevin and Bob offer a practical road map on how you can move ahead with the love and message of Jesus."--Lee Strobel, bestselling author, The Case for the Real Jesus

"Looking for a practical tool to help with church renewal? Look no further. Harney and Bouwer have each led churches through a dynamic U-Turn process, and they offer simple and transferable ideas to help your church find health and a new way forward."--Randy Frazee, senior minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas; author, The Connecting Church

"A rare and remarkable book filled with great coaching from leaders who have successfully handled the dangerous curves of a turn-around church. If you are in a turn-around situation, the first thing you need to do is read The U-Turn Church."--Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church; movement leader, NewThing

The Authors

  1. Kevin G. Harney

    Kevin G. Harney

    Kevin G. Harney (MDiv, Fuller Seminary; DMin, Western Theological Seminary) led Corinth Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan, through a U-Turn experience from 1993-2006. He is currently senior pastor of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. Harney...

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  2. Bob Bouwer

    Bob Bouwer

    Bob Bouwer (MDiv, Western Theological Seminary) has been leading Faith Church in South Holland, Illinois/Dyer, Indiana, through a U-Turn experience from 1990 to the present. Bouwer is founder and executive director of U-Turn Church Ministries Inc., which holds...

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