Big Lessons from Little Places: Faithfulness and the Future in Small Congregations

by Kay Collier McLaughlin. Morehouse Publishing, 2015.


This book argues that small congregations offer relevant lessons appropriate for any size of congregation, and focuses on how a tight-knit community can serve as the perfect foundation for close relationships.


models for collaboration between clergy and lay leaders, what it means to be faithful servants, characteristics of small congregations, discussion ideas, personal and group reflection questions, suggested action items

Recommended Audience

Christian clergy and lay leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Reflect on how to foster and nurture close relationships within the church by discussing personal and group questions at the end of each chapter.
  • Create a collaborative ministry between clergy and lay leaders using the models suggested.

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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