Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality
Data collected during the 2010 national survey of congregations conducted by Faith Communities Today (FACT) indicates that 46% of congregations surveyed reported worship attendance of 100 or fewer; half of those reported 50 or fewer in worship. Smaller congregations are the norm across the religious landscape of the United States – and it doesn’t mean they are in a state of decline.
In a recent article in the e-newsletter for the National Capital Presbytery, John Wimberly, former pastor of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., wrote, “The church that is ‘emerging’ is the same church that existed in Paul’s time, my grandparents’ time and our time. Congregations today are strikingly similar to those Paul created as he moved around the Mediterranean. They are filled with people who come together regularly to worship God, argue with each other about who God is and what God calls us to do, help the less fortunate in their communities, take stands against empires and make significant financial and time sacrifices to keep their congregations alive.”
If you serve one of these congregations, register now for "Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality," November 3-5. Join Sarai Rice, Presbyterian clergy woman and executive director of the Des Moines Area Religious Council; Dan Hotchkiss, former pastor, administrator and former Alban consultant; and Wimberly as they lead a course designed with the needs, interests and characteristics of smaller-sized congregations in mind. Each day will include a particular focus, and the final session will provide you with an opportunity to create an action plan to use in your congregation.
Join these presenters for an energy and idea-filled seminar. The program fee includes dinner on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, and course material. Discounts are available for early registration and teams of two or more from the same congregation. For a complete program description and to register, click here.