Small Congregations


January 11, 2013

By: Wendy Johnson

Just today I received an update from Leader Resources on additional resources available for Lent. I’m trying to pass them along as I receive them in hopes they will be helpful to you in putting together your Lenten program.

Here are some I thought might be most useful:

Words of...

January 10, 2013

By: Wendy Johnson

From Episcopal Relief & Development:

Lenten Meditation guide (in English and Spanish) helps us focus on alleviating hunger worldwide while preparing ourselves for spiritual healing. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Episcopal Church, who...

November 26, 2012

By: Wendy Johnson

From time to time I will feature articles from guest bloggers. Today the Rev. Warren Frelund, president of the Rural Ministries Network, reflects on a recent conference on small churches.


More than 3 dozen ministry team members and church leaders attended a series of...

December 23, 2010

"Keep telling the stories" about how and why your church began, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told parishioners and guests on Dec. 19 at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the church building at St. Columba Episcopal Church in Marathon, Florida, a small...

October 9, 2008

The first Sunday in Advent, November 30, will be a historic day on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, but not an occasion for celebration by local residents. On that day, nine Episcopal churches will be officially closed, among them St. John's, Oglala, which, in its original...

July 29, 2008

One of the most frequently visited areas on the Episcopal Church's website is Lesson Plans for Small Congregations. You can access it here.

Here, parish educators will find sets of lesson plans that follow the Revised Common Lectionary for the entire year. There is a set of three lesson...

April 20, 2008

Reaching new people through newstyle worship services or gatherings was the topic when more than 70 people from 26 small congregations across the Episcopal Church gathered in New Orleans recently.


The participants were part of "Where Two or Three Are Gathered," a pilot project...

February 21, 2008

Late last year, I read that Americans spend $20 billion a year on ice cream while the United Nations figures it would take $14 billion and 10 years to provide clean water and basic sanitation and health care for the whole world.

These statistics made me think immediately of life in the...

December 5, 2007

When more than 135 people gathered for a conference to explore Creative Models of Sacramental Leadership in the Small Church, something happened that went beyond exploring those models. The focus expanded to explore how those who serve in, gather in and love small churches live out their...

November 4, 2007

While I served as the planned-giving and development officer for the Diocese of Kansas, I had the opportunity to visit a small congregation located in southeast Kansas near the Oklahoma border. When leaving this community, you could drive a great distance before seeing another town of any size...