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

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • 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 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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