Does a Congregation's Location Influence Its Effectiveness?

by Cynthia Woolever. The Parish Paper, March 2011.

This article argues that congregations can be successful regardless of their location, offering a discussion on how congregations can become a neighborhood destination.


examples of effective congregational ministry in a variety of locations

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Become a neighborhood destination by creating ministries that respond to the congregational and community identities.
  • Reframe how you view your congregation's location after reading this article.

About the Contributor
Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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