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Book Blog: Small, Strong Congregations

Living with the Spirit of Promise (Chapter 10)

The question in my mind all the way through this chapter was, who is giving us the best advice--Kennon Callahan or Christian Schwarz? Christian Schwarz, in Natural Church Development (NCD), gives us eight "quality characteristics:" empowering leadership gift-oriented ministry passionate ...

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Giving and Generosity (Chapter 9)

One of the five most pressing issues facing small churches identified in a survey of EPC ministers was "resources."  Participants said, in summary, "A large proportion of small church's income is devoted to basic staff and building expenses, leaving little for programs and outreach. ...

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Space and Facilities (Chapter 8)

I'm guessing that this group reading Small, Strong Congregations are meeting in maybe 16 of Callahan's 28 possible locations.  I'm fairly certain you aren't in brush arbors, wells and village circles, unless it's a temporary necessity because of damage from severe ...

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"Team, Leaders, and Congregation" (Chapter 7)

Callahan says some significant things about pastoral leadership in a small church setting that run counter to a lot of what we hear about church leadership.  I was struck by a comment made by a church member to Callahan about the pastor: "He is one of us.  He helps us discover ...

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"Worship and Hope" (Chapter 6)

EPC pastors of small churches who were surveyed a year ago ranked worship as one of the ten most pressing issues facing them (number 9 to be exact).  Where this was an issue, survey participants described small churches lacking quality and consistency in music leadership and ...

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"Self-Reliance and Self-Sufficiency" (Chapter 5)

Self-reliance and self-sufficiency certainly is the traditional American way - especially on the frontier, but is it the biblical way for churches?  If we're talking about our relationship to the Lord, the church is in a relationship of utter dependence.  God forms the church, empowers ...

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"Community and Belonging" (Chapter 4)

"In our time people search for community, not committee."  This is a big reason why I see hope for the stong, small church.  Small churches are not minature large churches.  They operate on a different organizational princple.  The basic principle of small church life is ...

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"Compassion and Shepherding" (Chapter 3)

It took me a while to get my head around exactly what Callahan was saying in this chapter.  The switch went on when I saw the outward focus of this element of a small, strong congregation.  Along with that came the realization that I need to shift my thinking about ...

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"Mission and Service" (Chapter 2)

With "Mission and Service" Callahan starts describing eight qualities that he finds present in many small, strong congregations. I can't overstate how absolutely fundamental "Mission and Service" is in any size congregation, but particularly in the smaller context. Without this "theology of ...

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"Small is Strong" (Chapter 1)

Welcome to the Z-4:10 Network Book Blog Thanks for taking part in this online discussion of Keenon Callahan's Small, Strong Congregations. It's a first for me, a first for epc.org and a first for the Z-4:10 Network.  Thanks in advance for your patience with this work in progress.  ...

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