The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations

by Alice Mann. Rowman & Littlefield, 1998.

Written for congregations in the middle of a size transition, this book tackles issues relating to potential problems a congregation may face when they are either increasing or decreasing in numbers.


application exercises, determining the number of worship services, identifying size transitions, adapting to more or less people

Best For

clergy and lay leaders of shrinking/growing congregations


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Identify which type of size transition your congregation is undergoing in order to determine future steps, like whether you should try to expand in size or need to add staff.
  • Find the appropriate amount of staff and worship services for your congregation, whether it is growing or shrinking.

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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