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

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • 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 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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