The Myth of the 200 Barrier: How to Lead Through Transitional Growth

by Kevin E. Martin. Abingdon Press, 2005.


This book is written for clergy and lay leaders of congregations struggling to break through the attendance size barrier and uses organizational development observations to demystify the differences between a pastor-centered congregation and a program-centered congregation.


demystifying the size barrier, observations about development

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Make the transition from sub-200 attendance numbers by learning about the organizational structure of larger congregations in order to increase the number of attendees.

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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