Evangelism and Church Development

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Welcome to the E/CD Committee's webpage. Here you will find resources for church growth and operations, learn what other congregations in the presbytery are doing, and discover opportunties for working together as we partipate in God's mission in north Mississippi.

Here are some great resources for small churches:

 

 

Music and Worship

http://www.smallchurchmusic3.com/

“Small Church Music offers free or inexpensive accompaniment downloads for thousands of hymns and other worship  songs. It is available in MP3 format in a number of recording styles, including Pipe Organ, Simple Piano, Small Band and Swing Band.”

Leadership Resources

http://www.sermoncentral.com/pastors-preaching-articles/brandon-obrien-five-strategic- advantages-of-small-churches-740.asp

A summary of the five characteristics of strategically small churches.

 

http://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2006/061206_article.html

A great, readable, brief summary of what leadership looks like in a smaller church.

 

http://www.hintoncenter.org/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/uploads/dynamics_of_s mc.pdf

A terrific paper on small church dynamics from an ecumenical perspective.

 

http://www.smallchurchpastor.com/

Sign up for a free e-newsletter that provides encouragement and practical ideas from a pastor with almost 30 years experience with small churches.

 

http://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2010/100526_article.html

“A Better Script for Small Churches.” Is there a better way to describe what small churches are about?

 

http://newsmallchurch.com/#

A small church pastor’s blog in which he seeks to encourage, connect, and equip innovative small church leaders. Excellent and practical ideas.

 

Denominational Resources

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/church-growth/church-transformation/

What was once called the Office of Small Church and Community Ministry has now become the Office of Church Growth and Transformation.

 

Church School/Vacation Bible School

http://www.kswestumc.org/itworkedforus/detail/114

How a congregation restarted VBS in their community.

  http://www.patheos.com/Topics/Passing-on-the-Faith/Small-Congregation-Susan-Strouse-08-03-2013.html A essential guide to Christian education in a small church, on one page! Let it spark your own questions and creativity.

http://www.kswestumc.org/console/files/oIt_Worked_for_Us_DTP2IP/BibleSchl-- Ecumenical_NNVVU9HK.pdf  An ecumenical VBS.

 

Youth and Young Adults

http://www.morethandodgeball.com/small-church/ Practical, regularly updated posts on this blog by a small church youth ministry professional with more than 30 years experience.

http://www.kswestumc.org/console/files/oIt_Worked_for_Us_DTP2IP/YoungAd- College_Visits_PAM9SRJR.pdf How one small church showed care for its college students.

http://www.qideas.org/blog/why-small-churches-are-the-next-big-thing.aspx Small churches are uniquely poised to minister to Millennials (people born between 1982 and 2002).

Idea Bank

http://www.kswestumc.org/itworkedforus A categorized idea bank put together by small Methodist churches in Kansas. Click on the categories on the right side of the page for ideas for VBS, technology, youth, evangelism, etc. You will be led to another link page.

Click on your selection there for more details, perhaps as a PDF link or perhaps as a paragraph or two with ways to get more information.

 

Blogs

http://www.smallchurchstrong.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results

“Small Church Strong,” by a pastor from Ohio. He says it’s a “web log to encourage and defend the small church, her pastor and people.” Schedule of posting is difficult to determine.

http://smallchurch.com

“A big place for small churches.” No new posts since 2011.

http://newsmallchurch.com/# A small church pastor’s blog in which he seeks to encourage, connect, and equip innovative small church leaders. Excellent and practical ideas.

 

Stewardship and Finance

http://www.buildingchurchleaders.com/articles/2006/021306a.html Eight stewardship ideas for small churches.

 

Books and Periodicals

https://www.centerforcongregations.org/system/files/Small_Membership_Congregations. pdf

This site has an extensive list of books and periodicals on its first five pages devoted to various aspects of the small church. They’re alphabetized by author, not category, so you will need to scroll down to find what may be of interest. The latest is from 2010.

 

Evangelism

http://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2008/240908_article.html Five categories of persons especially attracted to small churches.

 

http://www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas/leaddocs/2005/050316_article.html How to open up the small church to welcome newcomers.