Parish Size: Categories, Dynamics, and Issues

Shaping the Parish.

This article will help growing congregations identify new needs due to their size and how to solve them.


ways to reinforce trust among leaders and congregants, practical advice to nurture growth

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Identify the needs you will encounter as your congregation grows by reading this article.
  • Adapt to your congregation's increase in size by reinforcing trust among leaders and congregants.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. 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 Learns.

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