Small Does Not Mean Struggling: and other stories of small church propaganda  -     By: Rev. David B. Smith
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Small Does Not Mean Struggling: and other stories of small church propaganda

WinePress Publishing / 2011 / Paperback

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Eighty percent of all Protestant churches in America have memberships of 125 or less. Nearly 25% of all Protestant churches have a weekly attendance of 35 or less. Therefore among Protestant churches in America small congregations make up the largest block. In light of these facts it is difficult to understand why small churches are treated as the exception rather than the rule.
New Testament churches were often small yet God powerfully used them. Small churches have loving pastors, a deep desire to be faithful to God's Word, a commitment to discipleship, and a heart for serving the community.
Small Does Not Mean Struggling isn't about growing your church from miniature to marvelous. It is about serving the Lord in the small church. As you open its pages, you'll find a collection of stories and essays written from a small church pastor's perspective. Embedded in the stories, you'll find hope, humor, and honesty.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 124
Vendor: WinePress Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414118090
ISBN-13: 9781414118093
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Eighty percent of all Protestant churches in America have memberships of 125 or less. Nearly 25% of all Protestant churches have a weekly attendance of 35 or less. Therefore among Protestant churches in America small congregations make up the largest block. In light of these facts it is difficult to understand why small churches are treated as the exception rather than the rule.New Testament churches were often small yet God powerfully used them. Your church may not have big budgets, elaborate programs, multiple staff members, or big numbers, but the Lord can use it too. Small churches have loving pastors, a deep desire to be faithful to God's Word, a commitment to discipleship, and a heart for serving the community.Small Does Not Mean Struggling isn't about growing your church from miniature to marvelous. It is about serving the Lord in the small church. As you open its pages, you'll find a collection of stories and essays written from a small church pastor's perspective. Embedded in the stories, you'll find hope, humor, and honesty.

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The Rev. David B. Smith has led small congregations in Kentucky and Ohio. More than 30 of his articles and essays have appeared in print. He is part of a growing movement of small church advocates.

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Author: Rev. David B. Smith
Located in: Cincinnati, Ohio
Submitted: March 12, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  My greatest and most lasting achievement is my family. I've been married to Denise for 27 years and have two wonderful sons. We've pastored two small churches over the last 19 years. I'm a graduate of Campbellsville College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  To give voice to the small church pastor who can't be heard over the din of mega church advocates in the Christian market.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope the small church pastor will be encouraged. I also hope that denominational leaders will get a glimpse of the passion their small church pastors have for ministry.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  All writing is good therapy. The stories in Small Does Not Mean Struggling are written from my observations of small church life and ministry. They are crafted from my passion and they helped me frame those passions.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  John Bunyan is first. His creative use of fiction and story telling, in my opinion, is timeless in Christian writing. I love to read the other puritan authors such as Rutherford and Baxter. Then, of course, I love to read Spurgeon. His work, Lectures to My Students, is my ministry handbook. There are many others but they are too numerous to mention here.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I am just one of many voices advocating for the small church today. The intent is not to say the big church is bad but to bring balance to the subject. We all have a small church in the background of our life and Christian experience. Let's honor them and the men and women who pastor them.

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