Letters of Commendation
It is my privilege to commend Dr. Danny Burnley and his ministry of Church Revitalization Consulting. I have known Bro. Danny since 1994.  He possesses the character of Barnabas “the encourager.”  I have watched him pray for, encourage and partner with discouraged pastors and declining, dying churches with great success.  In the area of church revitalization Danny is not a theoretician, but a genuine, proven practitioner.  I’ve observed as he’s stepped down from very healthy, successful churches to embrace struggling churches.  Under his leadership those churches have experienced true turnaround by becoming healthy and following God’s prescribed pattern for growth.  I’m confident Dr. Danny Burnley’s wisdom and proven leadership can be a blessing to your church in this day of decline.

Rev. Mike Moody, Senior Pastor
Honea Path First Baptist Church
Honea Path, South Carolina

Danny Burnley has the skills, experience and the anointing of the Holy Spirit to lead much larger churches; but his heart and his calling are for helping small, struggling churches to emerge from the spiritual doldrums to fulfill the Great Commission and make disciples of Jesus.  I have watched him for several years lead hurting churches through the healing process and emerge on the other side with a stronger unity and a stronger focus on reaching people for Christ.  And I am thankful that he still yearns to help even more churches by publishing this book.  Read this book and you will not only learn effective strategies, but you will also hear his heart.  Thank you, Danny!

Wade Leonard, Senior Pastor
Mauldin First Baptist Church
Mauldin, South Carolina

To a humble heart, the devoted Dr. Danny Burnley, “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).  To know Pastor Burnley is such a privilege.  His directions for a holy and obedient life is well worth hearing.  His current book, Excommunicated: Eleven Steps to Church Revitalization, is more than a blessing and is the answer to many prayers.  Because of Pastor Burnley’s caring heart, and his desire to help others, I am reminded of the scripture for which he is well-deserving, “Give, and it will be given to you;  a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  We are more than grateful for all you have done to help us here at Hosannah Baptist Church.  Your kindness and generosity has sustained us and will forever be in our hearts.

Pastor Clyde D. Cannon
Hosannah Baptist Church
McCormick, South Carolina

I have known Dr. Danny Burnley for about 30 years.  In that time he has been my mentor, both as a pastor and as a friend.  He has a deep desire to see the lost saved.  In fact, he witnessed to me.  But that is matched only by his love of the church and seeing true spiritual growth.  I have seen him stay the course with a Godly zeal, whether it was a Romanian mission trip, preaching a church growth revival or ministering to a young pastor that was greatly in need of an encouraging word.

Phil Keown, Pastor
Lake Russell Baptist Church
Elberton, Georgia

Danny Burnley has a great gift and special anointing of God to serve the body of Christ.  He has a ministry to struggling churches and helps them to rebound and become strong again.  He helps bring life to something that is dying.  Danny has been a great help to me and to my church leaders by giving strategic suggestions that were easy to follow and accomplish.  God was able to do a miracle in our lives and the life of our church.  Through this process I personally have gained a great friend and encourager.

Rev. Greg Fortune, Pastor
East Park Baptist Church
Greenville, South Carolina

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  Within these pages, you will find many years of dedicated preaching and the study of God’s Word.  Brother Danny has put to pen those truths which God has revealed to him while working with God’s Church all of these years.  I have witnessed Danny put this knowledge of God’s plan for His church to work many times.  I thank my God that I might gain years of knowledge from the reading of this book.

Wesley A. Poole, Deacon
Siloam Baptist Church
Easley, South Carolina

When Dr. Danny Burnley came to Laurel Baptist Church, our church had declined continuously in membership and attendance.    As I watched our church (God’s Church) decline I realized I could not be on the sidelines anymore. I began to pray that God would use me in any way that I could serve and help this cause.  By the time Dr. Burnley arrived, LBC had changed from a committee-led church to a ministry-led church at his suggestion.  This was all new to me and I really did not want to be in a ministry, so I began to drag my feet.  I even told Pastor Burnley that I was not going to sign up for any ministries, but then I remembered that I had been praying for God to use me.  How could I pray to be used by God and then refuse to get involved?  Pastor Burnley asked me to become one of his prayer partners, and through God getting my attention and receiving direction and encouragement from Pastor Burnley, joy began to fill my soul and my attitude began to change.  Now God has opened a door for me to teach God’s Word in a Bible Study Group and I love it!  If you will turn to God’s Word and will also apply the principles of this book, you and your church will be revitalized!

John Mullis, Deacon
Laurel Baptist Church
Greenville, South Carolina

If your church is not growing, it would a great benefit to read this book and see how Dr. Burnley used these methods to completely revive Laurel Baptist Church.  We were only months away from closing the doors with less than forty active members.  Now our church is growing with over 200 active members and there is an excitement about our future.

Sandra Clark, Prayer Partner
Laurel Baptist Church
The Lord asked Ezekiel, “Can the bones live?’  Ezekiel answered,  “O Lord God, Thou knowest.”  The answer is yes.  God can revive His people and His church.  There are definitely steps that must be taken for a turnaround to occur in a declining church.  Danny Burnley has been used by God to implement these steps in several churches and God has been seen bringing new life to His churches.  We must return to the main things of soul winning and discipleship.

Paul Fleming, Executive Pastor
Forestville Baptist Church
Greenville, South Carolina