in Vestry Papers and filtered by Small Churches
By Susan Elliott
Susan Elliott shares some key takeaways from two online discussions ECF facilitated with part-time clergy of small Episcopal congregations.
By Kevin Spears
Being senior warden is demanding, regard- less of the size of your congregation. In a small congregation, though, the demands are magnified because church staff members are in short supply.
By Bob Honeychurch
Some congregations are vital and alive; others are not. Why?
By Tim Schenck
In the Book of Deuteronomy Moses says to the Israelites, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse.” He holds up the entire life of faith and offers his people a choice — to love and serve the Lord their God or to revolt and ignore the command- ments of God. Reflecting upon small church ministry it seems that here, too, there is such a dichotomy. Though I would term it differ- ently: there are blessings and challenges that are unique to the small church experience.
By Herb Gunn
“You are troublemakers,” charged Tom Ray, retired bishop from the Diocese of Northern Michigan, which has been on the forefront of the Total Ministry movement in the Episcopal Church for the past twenty-five years. “This is serious stuff.”
By Brent Owens
In the first of a two-part series, the Rev. Brent Owens writes that when youre down, youre not out.
By Martha Goodwill
Martha Goodwill shares some benefits churches can have through their diocese, like being a part of a strong peer network and learning from each other’s best practices.
By Jenny Shutt
Jenny Shutt shares her experience of successfully creating and maintaining a Facebook page for her small church.
By Kelly Sundberg Seaman
Kelly Sundberg Seaman shares her experience of becoming full-time, the many benefits it brought her and her congregations.
By Nancy Davidge based on conversations with Jerry Jefferies and Carolynne Fairweather
Four small churches of different denominations have found new energy by working and occasionally worshipping together. Three of these four churches also share a rector.