Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Best Practices in the Small Church Marilyn Johns

ISBN: 9780615851884

Published: January 14th 2014

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162 pages


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Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Best Practices in the Small Church  by  Marilyn Johns

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Best Practices in the Small Church by Marilyn Johns
January 14th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 162 pages | ISBN: 9780615851884 | 6.20 Mb

I believe churches should come in all sizes, writes author Marilyn Johns. Just as God took great creative license in the formation of humankind, endowing each of us with different gifts, different life circumstances, and different likes andMoreI believe churches should come in all sizes, writes author Marilyn Johns. Just as God took great creative license in the formation of humankind, endowing each of us with different gifts, different life circumstances, and different likes and dislikes, so churches have become diverse in their size, their liturgies, their viewpoints, and their activities.

There is room for everyone at the table. In Where Everybody Knows Your Name, Johns goes beyond routine discussions of small church growth to explore how small churches can become more healthy, more intimate, more sustainable. Informed by years of interaction with small church pastors and their spouses, she offers insights into issues relevant to the success of parishes with congregations in the double digits.

This book suggests how church leaders can use the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) process to lead their congregation through a visioning or planning process. It makes practical suggestions about how a small church can set priorities for worship, Christian education, pastoral care, mission and outreach, stewardship, and the development of lay leadership.

Johns also discusses alternatives to the traditional one church, one full-time pastor model of ministry- ways the small church pastor or priest can practice good self-care to avoid burnout and exhaustion- and the future of the small church.



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