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This quick and credible overview without a sales agenda is a helpful introduction for congregations considering church management software (ChMS). It highlights the get-started basic questions: How...

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For many years former pastor and church consultant Herb Miller has provided beneficial, practical, and user-friendly material for the church. He has done it again with this free, downloadable...

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“Small membership congregations can experience God’s new creation when they discover their unique gifts and explore innovative ways to share in God’s vision through mission and worship,” say...

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“Dynamic smaller churches (regardless of size) and growing churches (also regardless of size) nearly always have children’s ministry as a congregational priority.” Teacher, practitioner and parent...

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This article is addressed to small congregations whose current situation is not working and intentional decisions about the congregation’s future must be made. Alice Mann, former Alban Institute...

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Some recent literature suggests that bivocational or part-time clergy is the leadership model of the future. Being a bivocational pastor is something that author, consultant, and pastor Robert...

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Is the small house church the “modern Reformation” of the church? Using research by George Barna and their own experience as church planters and trainers, Felicity Dale and Tony Dale conclude...

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Small church pastor and author Karl Vaters suggests that small churches are well-suited to turn the tide of declining attendance in churches everywhere, specifically because they can offer the...

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Small church pastor Steve Willis’ work reads like a love story between him and the small church, between God and the small church, and between the small church and its leaders and members. Yet...

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Here Jewish News Weekly (jweekly.com) contributor Yisrael Shapiro offers a brief article on the efforts made by congregations and judicatories from different Jewish traditions to address the...

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As a by-product of the Center for Small Church Leadership, this resource offers small church clergy and lay-leaders education and encouragement to create more effective small churches. Specific...

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“Don’t be afraid of small beginnings; remember this whole thing started with a mouse.” -Walt Disney. So begins minister coach and executive pastor Dan Reiland’s two-part article about how to grow...

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Consultant David Ray has pastored numerous small churches and written extensively on it. Ray’s goal here is to help small church leaders understand and improve their churches and ministry. To that...

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Dean Grabill’s pastoral, educational, and leadership experience shine through in this relatively brief but potent article on small congregations. Like others, Grabill highlights the strengths of...

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The Unitarian Universalists offer advice and additional resources in this excellent article about small congregations and their governing systems. The overall perspective is that “Small...

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It is sometimes said that naming problematic issues reduces their power and influence over us. If that is true, then this brief article that identifies ten challenges that small church pastors face...

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Glenn Daman is an author and former small-church pastor who believes that a church’s vitality is not determined by its size, programs, or budget. Vitality is instead about the church embodying...

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Here Richard Bliese, former Lutheran School of Theology professor of mission and evangelism, dispels the negative myths about the small church’s future. He says that “Breaking the myth of size...

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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...

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Former pastor Brandon O’Brien says that smaller congregations have five “inherent” strengths simply because they are small. The five identified strengths are “authenticity,” “lean and focused,”...

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