Revitalizing the Smaller Congregation 115 (S17)

The twenty-first century is the century of small, strong congregations… Across the planet, the vast majority of congregations will be small and strong, and the vast majority of people will be in these congregations.”
–Kennon L. Callahan, author of Small Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation

Does your congregation have fewer than 100 members? Do your leaders burn out quickly? Do you get first time visitors but not many repeat visitors?  This course is for you!

Often, the model of church that people have in their heads is a church that can afford full-time ministry, along with part-time staff members, such as religious educators, music directors and administrators. But smaller congregations run on members’ gifts of time as well as of money. How can the small congregation be good stewards of both?

We recommend that a team of lay leaders (and your minister, if you have one) take this course together and use the exercises and apply the discussion questions for your own congregation’s situation.

Instructor: Rev. Megan Foley serves on the Central East Region staff as Regional Lead. She has a passion for working with smaller congregations.  Before joining regional staff she served for six years as the minister of the Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists in Germantown, Maryland.  Megan holds a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

This course is now closed and no  longer taking additional students. Course materials will be available until June 30, 2017.

One Reply to “Revitalizing the Smaller Congregation 115 (S17)”

  1. Profile photo of AlexisAlexis

    We began our Soul Matters subscription last spring, and, as worship committee chair, I can’t recommend it enough.
    Another resource to help members learn how to craft reflections for service can be found on the “This I Believe” website. There’s a discussion and writing guide for houses of worship that I use for folks who would like to contribute to a service but can’t commit to the sessions required in “The Share Pulpit”. Here’s a link: https://thisibelieve.org/store/product/house-of-worship-guide/
    People can write “this I believe” type reflections on our Soul Matters themes, and we can have 2-4 people present with music in between with opening and closing words that provide context. That has led to some meaningful services.
    Thank you for your list of recommendations and for the video on Healthy Helping. I see many ways in which this material can help our lay leaders.

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