Small Congregation Big Potential
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What's the right size for a church? Is the small congregation, averaging two or three dozen people at worship, a legitimate order of God's creation? You bet it is, says Lyle E. Schaller. Schaller outlines the most important issues that leaders of small-membership churches must face as they plan for the future. He identifies the particular strengths and resources that small-membership churches have to offer and provides a helpful vision of how they can maximize their effectiveness in their communities.
There are many questions that leaders of small-membership congregations ask themselves about their church's future. Lyle Schaller suggests that two in particular should rise to the top of the list. First, what's the right size of for a church? Is the small congregation averaging two or three dozen people at worship a legitimate order of God's creation? You bet it is, says Schaller. Second, should these congregations make their plans on the basis of few resources and fewer options, or should they see themselves as possessed of pools of talent and expanding possibilities? If you are convinced that the former is true, then this book is not for you.
If, however, you are among those who believe that small-membership churches are distinctive places of Christian witness and service, spreading the gospel and living in service to the world in ways that other, larger churches are not, then this book is for you. In it you will find the right questions to ask as you seek to lead a small-membership congregation, and solid, practical guidance for doing so.
Lyle E. Schaller is the most widely read and respected writer on congregational life today. He is the author of dozens of books on congregational life and vitality. He live in Naperville, Illinois.