Small Congregations

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October 17, 2007

They knew his name but not where he lived; from all indications he might even live on the streets. He was probably the most faithful of them all in attendance at Sunday worship, always on time. He often put something in the plate at the offertory, but sometimes he took some out. They welcomed...

January 19, 2005

The liturgical affirmation of Western New York's first baptismal ministry teams took place in January at Holy Apostles', Perry and St. John's, Youngstown. The affirmation of these teams is giant stride for Baptismal Ministry Development, a concept that gained its first real momentum here with...

August 31, 2004

Our culture values size, autonomy, power, youth and change. These values slip into church life at times without our awareness, and the result can be painful.

Have you noticed how we, the church, in our dioceses and structures are often punitive and dismissive of small congregations that...

June 20, 2004

The significance of small churches in the Episcopal Church was highlighted as representatives from small congregations, primarily from the West but including other parts of the country, met June 7-9 at Westminster College, Salt Lake, Utah, immediately following the triennial Province VIII...

July 30, 2003

Small churches are the heart of the Episcopal Church, comprising more than 60 percent of congregations. The Church in Small Communities legislative committee of General Convention took another step Tuesday night to support these congregations.

The committee will submit its recommendation...

July 2, 2003

Doug Walrath took a last look at small church life, shortly before he retired in 1990 from Bangor Seminary, by doing a study of rural pastors in New England. He was critical of most of them at two points: (1)they were informed by Industrial Age thinking which stresses efficiency,...

May 4, 2003

"The relationship between congregation size and church growth is surprisingly tricky to measure," says C. Kirk Hadaway, the Episcopal Church's new director of research, in a new study just released by his office.

The study seeks to provide a more balanced perspective and combat what he...

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