Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving without Full-Time Clergy

by G. Jeffrey MacDonald. Westminster John Knox Press, April 7, 2020.


This book explores how to run effective ministries with lay leaders and a half- or quarter-time professional.


tap into undiscovered gifts of lay people, revitalize worship, and engage in more effective community ministry

Recommended Audience

hiring committee, part-time staff


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Tap into the congregation’ s talents for shared ministry.
  • Rethink how the church functions to support a part-time professional.

About the Contributor

McKenzie Scott Lewis

A Baptist minister, McKenzie Scott Lewis’ faith experience ranges from Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Charismatic to Baptist. He has taught at IUPUI, served as corporate diversity director at Wellpoint Inc, coordinated diversity and inclusion efforts at Clarian Health Partners and served as CEO and chief cultural strategist for The MSL Group. He brings energy and experience to engage listeners from all walks of life.

A graduate of DePauw University, McKenzie has written extensively in his area of expertise, including the articles “Building Boardroom Trust” from the July 2009 Leadership Ventures Newsletter; “Editorial on Diversity” in the November 2008 Indiana Business Journal (IBJ); “Clarian Health Partners: United We Thrive” in the April 2007 issue of DiversityInc, Magazine; and “Helping Diversity to Grow Up” in New York Voice/Harlem USA October 1997 edition.

Formerly the director of the Center’s Northwest office in Crown Point, McKenzie Scott Lewis is the director of a new Center for Congregations project: Congregations with Communities.

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