Facing Decline, Finding Hope: New Possibilities for Faithful Churches

by Jeffrey D. Jones. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.


This book offers solutions for congregations who hope to grow a vibrant faith community despite declining resources and attendance, addressing potential challenges and questions they may have about change.


maintenance versus mission, adaptive change

Recommended Audience

Christian clergy and lay leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Anticipate and prepare for the challenges that go hand-in-hand with change by reading and discussing Part III of this resource with clergy and lay leaders.
  • Spark conversations about the desire to grow a healthy faith community, addressing topics like leadership, anxiety, and adaptive change.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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