Small Church

Why the minichurch is the latest trend in American religion

"Cornerstone is part of the fastest-growing group of congregations in America: the minichurch. According to the recently released Faith Communities Today study, half of the congregations in the United States have 65 people or fewer, while two-thirds of congregations have fewer than 100." - RNS

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“Rural churches and the folks who attend them aren’t forgotten.” (They're neglected.)

"To say rural pastors and rural congregations are forgotten is probably less true than to say rural churches and pastors (and really, small churches and their pastors everywhere) are often underrepresented and underutilized in denominational leadership and overlooked by Christian publishers and conference organizers. It’s not a matter of forgetting; it’s a matter of caring more about what we know and what we don’t know about rural ministry." - C. Today

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Should Young Pastors Prefer a Large or Small Church?

"Theodore Cuyler took on this question in his book How To Be a Pastor.... His answer is straightforward, his reasoning compelling. It is worth considering today. 'I answer unhesitatingly, the small church.' ...He offers a three-pronged defense of his position." - Challies

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Is the small, single full time clergy staff church a luxury churches can no longer afford?

"I see solid, educated, selfless, dedicated pastors around me who are full time clergy in churches of 40 to 60 in attendance. Is giving by a group this size enough to support a full time pastor adequately? Do members give per capita sufficient to cover a $50,000 or more salary cost by their minister? Depends, I suppose, on the church." - SBC Voices

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