A Small N.C. Church Reaches Out in Big Ways

by Yonat Shimron. Faith & Leadership.

This resource uses the example of a small church in North Carolina to model ways a small congregation can make an impact in the community and expand outreach.


questions to consider, case study of a small congregation in North Carolina

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Apply the insights of this article to your own congregation by discussing the reflection questions at the end.
  • Initiate a conversation about the ways your congregation can get involved in the community by reading this article with clergy and lay leaders.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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