Life on the Edge: A Small Church Redefines Its Mission

by Richard H. Bliese. The Christian Century, July 12, 2003.


This article dispels negative myths about the small church's future.


suggestions for small congregations, case study of a small congregation

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


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Practical Applications

  • Discuss the role of your congregation by using this article as a guide.

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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