There's Hope for Your Church

First Steps to Restoring Health and Growth

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Your church's bright future starts now.

It's easy to feel discouraged by shrinking attendance and slow spiritual growth in your church. But the first step to turning things around is hope. God can and does restore churches to new life, even as he restores individuals. Church health expert Gary McIntosh offers you real hope by showing you the first things you need to do to make a new start for your church. The street-smart ideas and step-by-step instructions found in this book are ones that you can put to use immediately in your church to bring about solid growth and renewed hope for the future.


"There's Hope for Your Church provides a wealth of wisdom for anyone seeking to turn around a declining or plateaued church. McIntosh skillfully draws on his three decades of church consultations to forge a step-by-step strategy for restoring vitality to struggling churches. This book gives you hope and will show you the way to revitalize your church."--Ed Stetzer, author of Viral Churches

"Gary McIntosh has written a down to earth practical book for those who look at the task of pastoring a church and don't know where to begin or what to do. There's Hope for Your Church is a coaching experience bound in the pages of a book. Gary McIntosh has consulted with over 1,000 churches, so he has seen most the problems, and there are very few difficulties in the church that he has not faced. Now Gary makes his wisdom available to help a pastor begin and carry through with a project of leading a church to become healthy and carry out the Great Commission."--Elmer Towns, cofounder Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia

"I like this book because it helps me understand 'where' the church might find itself today and 'what' contributes to 'why' we have to wrestle with spiritual and pragmatic issues. But it doesn't leave me there. Gary McIntosh moves beyond mere analytical explanations and gives practical 'how-to's'. This book will take you from concept to completion. You'll not only read this book yourself but will want church leaders to read it as well."--Samuel R. Chand author of Cracking Your Church's Culture Code (

"Once again McIntosh delivers a down-to-earth, practical book on how to turn around a troubled to dying church. Gary shares the turnaround wisdom he has gleaned for more than four decades of consulting with more than a 1,000 churches. This isn't armchair theology; it's the real deal."--Bill Easum, church consultant and author of Preaching for Church Transformation

"Once again Dr. Gary L. McIntosh's wealth of wisdom and experience shine a bright pathway for those wanting to see their churches healthy again. This book gives hope and practical insight for those doing the hard work of revitalization. I can't wait to get it into the hands of some of the pastors I work with!"--Bob Rowley, EFCA Texas-Oklahoma district superintendent; adjunct professor, Dallas Theological Seminary

The Author

  1. Gary L. McIntosh

    Gary L. McIntosh

    Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and distinguished affiliate professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is an internationally known...

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