"Transforming Churches" Case Studies
"Transforming Churches" is a series of case studies, prepared by the Episcopal Church's Office of Research, that offers in-depth analyses of Episcopal parishes in many different contexts and geographical locations that were able to either reverse decline or continue substantial growth and find ways to thrive in the 21st century.
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"Renewal and Revival at St. John’s, Roanoke, Virginia" by C. Kirk Hadaway, director of Research for the Episcopal Church, relates how the largest parish in its diocese rebounded after losing many members during a period of conflict. Its turnaround was due not only to a new rector, but to strong lay leadership, a welcoming congregation, and the willingness to change.