Tag Archives: small church series

Keeping Ourselves–and Young People–Near the Cross

I’ve always been slightly jealous of congregations with “real” youth groups. You know the ones I’m talking about: the ones with well-painted and decorated class rooms. The ones with a full-time youth minister who, despite congregational complaints that he is an overpaid song leader, makes a difference in the lives of teenagers. The…

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Can You See Me Now? Women, Service, and the Small Church

A while back, I had an appointment with a new optometrist. She examined my eyes and then she changed my prescription (the one I had for at least ten years) and went on with her day. I wasn’t too happy about her change—the old prescription worked just fine. Last month, my left eye…

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Small Churches and the God of the Poor

In America’s “bigger is better” culture, small church leaders can suffer from an inferiority complex. Large churches with flamboyant leaders are mostly the ones receiving pats on their backs, not the folks from small town America who work tirelessly and faithfully without institutional recognition. But what if bigger is not necessarily better? What…

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Beautiful Churches Built on Sacred Ground

The beauty of small churches in West Texas inspires me to remember that the Sunday assembly is not about me. After arriving in Abilene in 1998, I was impressed by Bob Marcho’s ministry to small churches. He not only preached every Sunday at a congregation smaller than 25, he also coordinated student preachers…

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Why I Pray The Daily Offices

My first fulltime job was with a large church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. I spent almost eight years serving this congregation as their youth minister. When I left, we had multiple fulltime ministers on staff and many part-time admin staff. We had weekly minister meetings and staff devotionals. There was a wall…

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