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Reimagining Church: Reclaiming Rural/Small

Visioning a future church for the now; creating communities centered on Christ, cosmic good, and conscientious living.


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Find books, curricula, prayer, music, and worship elements (including a full sermon), and community organizations and businesses grouped to help congregations take next steps in antiracism work, creation care, and addressing intergenerational mental health and well-being in the WaterThreads - Woven Together: Water, Community, Well-Being. Available online and via requested download for member congregations - who should email: - for access.

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New Visions for Rural Congregations

People waiting for a job interview7 Suggestions for Outsourcing Your Church’s Staffing Needs

How can outsourcing fill church staffing needs? Greg Rogers shares seven suggestions for outsourcing staff drawing from Oakmont Baptist Church’s response to unexpected yet urgent staffing needs.

Rural churchThe Rural Church’s Gifts of Intimacy and Diversity

by Michael Adam Beck and Tyler Kleeberger in Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Describes how the unique demographics of rural churches bring not only the potential for intimacy and neighborliness but also an inherent diversity that forces smaller churches to do the hard work of creating unity amid differences. Read more now

A small churchThe Resilient Small Church

By  On Leading Ideas

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We often think of large churches as strong and small churches as weak. But Lovett H. Weems Jr. ...explains how in some circumstances smaller churches can be less vulnerable and fragile than larger ones.

What is Small Church, Big Impact? | Small Church. Big Impact. | Podcasts on  Audible |

The Small Churches Big Impact Collective shares best practices, ministry innovations, compensation concerns and more through their Facebook page, website and blog, and podcast.


Not Dead Yet

by Dorothy Butler Bass

[Read this one for a little hope and affirmation!]

Cover of Discovering God's Future for Your Church showing a blank wooden signpost

Rural church with a red roof

Building Thriving Rural Congregations” featuring Allen Stanton

How can rural churches break free from false narratives and unrealistic metrics? Allen Stanton lays out a new vision for healthy rural congregations as valued stakeholders and potent agents of change within their communities.

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Episode 86: “Daring to Think Forward in a Time of Accelerating Change” featuring Dwight Friesen

How can churches get ahead of the curve by learning to anticipate change rather than always responding to change after the fact? Dwight Friesen shares ways to cultivate the imagination and skill set needed to think forward.

Stewardship & Building Use

Graphic representing an old church transforming into a vibrant congregation

Flipping the Script on Church Owned Property

How can local churches reimagine property stewardship so that a building can fund a church, rather than a church needing to fund a building? Tom Sine and Dwight Friesen offer examples of churches that have discovered innovative ways to leverage their property to fund their church and ministry.


Church Anew's Mark Elsdon is confident that We Aren't Broke.

Joerg Rieger and Tripp Fuller, founder of the Home-brewed Christianity podcast, host an online course: Capital Change: The End of Religion and Business as Usual.


Small Church Q&A with Tanna Muse

Most church leaders find themselves serving a small(er) church. In this conversation, we talk about the unique opportunities and challenges of small church ministry. 

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The Small Church Ministry Podcast | Podcast on Spotify The Small Church Ministry podcast with Laurie Acker – for example: 5 Fresh Ways to Structure Children’s Ministry If You’re Short Volunteers Or Just Need A Break.

In Our Library

Big Lessons from Little Places: Faithfulness and the Future in Small Congregations  -     By: Kay Collier McLaughlin          Did God Abandon Us? Helping Small Churches Heal (Maddox)          God’s Country     Cover Image          The Small Church Advantage: Seven Powerful Worship Practices that Work Best  in Small Settings: Stewart, Teresa J.: 9781950899722: Books          Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of under 250     Book - Paperback     Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers     The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective:  O'Brien, Brandon J.: Books     Book - Paperback     Book - Paperback