Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation

by Kennon L. Callahan. Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Through stories of people whose lives have been impacted by membership in small congregations, the author shares suggestions and insights into why and how small congregations can be strong and viable. Shaping and developing a congregation based on strengths and not numbers encourages energy. Carrying forth its mission potential out of service, rather than survival, breeds confidence. Wisdom is gleaned from examining how these congregations think, plan their ministries, and serve God through their missions. Some discoveries came from the uniqueness of small size. Often, they are compassionate communities who shepherd one another. Close ties and sharing lead members to natural cooperation in teaming and leadership. These congregations often operate with just enough facilities to carry out God’s mission for them, without carrying the burden and expense of too much space to maintain. Space is both sacred and useful. Creative possibilities exist for small congregations who focus on their assets and advantages.