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Effective Small Churches in the 21st Century

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Dudley's work in Making the Small Church Effective (1978) broke new ground in understanding the dynamics of life in the small congregation. In this revised edition, Dudley revisits the small church, posing new questions reflective of the considerable changes that have swept over small churches in the last two decades. Among the most significant recent developments are shifts in institutional loyalty and individual's sense of identity in relation to larger groups and organizations. Dudley explores the key ...
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Overview

Dudley's work in Making the Small Church Effective (1978) broke new ground in understanding the dynamics of life in the small congregation. In this revised edition, Dudley revisits the small church, posing new questions reflective of the considerable changes that have swept over small churches in the last two decades. Among the most significant recent developments are shifts in institutional loyalty and individual's sense of identity in relation to larger groups and organizations. Dudley explores the key components that contribute to a small congregation's sense of unity and that motivate its members to more faithfully live out their faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687090907
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 219
  • Sales rank: 1,450,443
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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Carl S. Dudleywas Co-director of the Center for Social and Religious Research and Professor of Church and Community at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut. He is author of several books, including Making the Small Church Effective and Basic Steps Toward Community Ministry. (1998)
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Effective Small Churches in the Twenty-first Century 9
Introduction from Making the Small Church Effective (1978, revised) 17
Ch. 1 Perspectives on the Small Church 23
Ch. 2 Exercise The Choreography of Worship 35
Ch. 2 The Caring Cell 37
Ch. 3 Exercise Gatekeepers, Patriarchs, and Matriarchs 51
Ch. 3 Growth by Adoption 53
Ch. 4 Exercise The Pastor's Study and Professional Feelings 69
Ch. 4 Pastor/People Tensions 71
Ch. 5 Exercise Congregational Time Line 87
Ch. 5 Memory and Ministry 89
Ch. 6 Exercise The Silent History of the Church 102
Ch. 6 Places of Ministry 103
Ch. 7 Exercise A Calendar of Annual Church Events 116
Ch. 7 Events Worth Remembering 118
Ch. 8 Exercise Church Groups, Goals, and Purposes 135
Ch. 8 Goals, Conflicts, and Renewal 137
Ch. 9 Exercise Ministry Map 153
Ch. 9 Energizing from Within 155
Ch. 10 Exercise Church in Community Map 173
Ch. 10 Resources for Expanding Ministry 175
Notes 199
Index 217
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