Small Congregations

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October 9, 2008

The first Sunday in Advent, November 30, will be a historic day on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, but not an occasion for celebration by local residents. On that day, nine Episcopal churches will be officially closed, among them St. John's, Oglala, which, in its original...

July 29, 2008

One of the most frequently visited areas on the Episcopal Church's website is Lesson Plans for Small Congregations. You can access it here.

Here, parish educators will find sets of lesson plans that follow the Revised Common Lectionary for the entire year. There is a set of three lesson...

April 20, 2008

Reaching new people through newstyle worship services or gatherings was the topic when more than 70 people from 26 small congregations across the Episcopal Church gathered in New Orleans recently.

 

The participants were part of "Where Two or Three Are Gathered," a pilot project...

February 21, 2008

Late last year, I read that Americans spend $20 billion a year on ice cream while the United Nations figures it would take $14 billion and 10 years to provide clean water and basic sanitation and health care for the whole world.

These statistics made me think immediately of life in the...

December 5, 2007

When more than 135 people gathered for a conference to explore Creative Models of Sacramental Leadership in the Small Church, something happened that went beyond exploring those models. The focus expanded to explore how those who serve in, gather in and love small churches live out their...

November 4, 2007

While I served as the planned-giving and development officer for the Diocese of Kansas, I had the opportunity to visit a small congregation located in southeast Kansas near the Oklahoma border. When leaving this community, you could drive a great distance before seeing another town of any size...

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...

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