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Pastor offers hope for future of rural churches in new book

Pastor Danny Davis believes rural churches have a bright future despite the many challenges they face. He shares his insights in the new book “Rural Church Turnaround,” published by CrossLink Publishing.

“Danny’s book provides a blueprint for how struggling and declining rural churches can weather the storm of turnaround,” said Josh Laxton, Ph.D., assistant director of the Billy Graham Center said.

Pastor Danny Davis

Davis, who pastors a rural church in Odessa, Mo., is a Bible college professor and rural church revitalization coach. He has planted and revitalized church in South Africa and the United States. Davis holds a Ed.D. in transformational leadership from Concordia University. He and his wife, Sherry, have two adult sons.

According to the publisher’s description of the book:

“Declining or plateauing rural churches do not have to die They can live and become an influence for good in their communities. Unfortunately, many rural churches will close after decades of faithful service. Fewer rural people are attending church. Young people are leaving their hometowns, searching for better educational and economic opportunities elsewhere. Rural church leaders find themselves working with aging congregations, dwindling budgets and a sense of hopelessness that weaves itself into the fabric of church life.

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“Revitalizing a declining or plateauing rural church requires visionary pastoral leadership and the cooperative work of lay leaders. Together, these leaders face their challenges head-on, transforming their congregations into vibrant centers of impactful ministry. In this book, Davis explores real-life experiences of rural pastors and lay leaders who have led their congregations to a turnaround. He provides an honest and sometimes painful glimpse into the realities of leading a declining rural church, including his own, back to life. Through these experiences, you will learn to navigate the myriad cultural changes needed to revitalize your dying or plateauing rural congregation. The journey to rural church turnaround is hard, but Davis lays out the leadership characteristics and actions essential to making it happen.”

“Danny shares stories of hope as he outlines principles and practices necessary for a rural comeback strategy,” said Jon Sanders, podcast host of Small-Town Big Church.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice

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