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Title:
Making the small church effective
Author:
Dudley, Carl S., 1932-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Nashville : Abingdon, [1978]

©1978
Physical Description:
192 pages ; illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780687230440
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

What makes the small church so reliably steady, closely intimate, and beautifully simple -- a worthy model of the Christian church? Carl S. Dudley affirms the main cause as lying within the minds of the church members.


Author Notes

Carl S. Dudley is codirector of the Center for Social and Religious Research and professor of church and community at Hartford Seminary. He is author of numerous books, including "Studying Congregations", and has been a pastor in metropolitan and cross-cultural congregations.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 13
Chapter 1. Perspectives on the Small Churchp. 19
Part I. Caringp. 29
Chapter 2. Exercise: The Choreography of Worshipp. 31
Chapter 2. The Caring Cellp. 32
The Primary Groupp. 32
Primary Groups in Larger Churchesp. 34
The Single Cell of People-in-Placep. 35
Absent and Invisible Membersp. 37
Social Order and Social Placep. 38
Miniature Multicelled Churchesp. 39
The Implications of Social Placep. 40
Summary of a Caring Cellp. 43
For Further Readingp. 45
Chapter 3. Exercise: Gatekeepers and Patriarchs/Matriarchsp. 46
Chapter 3. Growth by Adoptionp. 47
The Small Church Has Grownp. 47
The Small Church Can't Growp. 48
The Small Church Can Change into a Larger Congregationp. 51
New Members Without Growth Painsp. 54
Gatekeepers and Patriarchs/Matriarchsp. 56
Reservations and Possibilitiesp. 57
For Further Readingp. 59
Chapter 4. Exercise: The Pastor's Study and Professional Feelingsp. 61
Chapter 4. Pastor/People Tensionsp. 62
Financesp. 63
Programp. 65
The Self-Image of the Pastorp. 68
Power in the Small Churchp. 70
The Loverp. 71
For Further Readingp. 74
Part II. Conservingp. 75
Chapter 5. Exercise: A Church Shield or Coat of Armsp. 77
Chapter 5. Memory and Ministryp. 78
Belonging Is a Feelingp. 78
Exceptions to Historyp. 80
Biblical Memoryp. 82
Abuses of Memoryp. 83
Uses of Memoryp. 85
From Memory to Ministryp. 86
Church Shield and Coat of Armsp. 88
For Further Readingp. 91
Chapter 6. Exercise: The Silent History of the Churchp. 92
Chapter 6. Places of Ministryp. 93
Biblical Affirmationsp. 94
Place in Healingp. 95
Healing Ministriesp. 97
This Is Love--Pass It Onp. 99
Silent Historyp. 100
Exorcising Placesp. 101
To Make a Memorialp. 102
For Further Readingp. 103
Chapter 7. Exercise: A Calendar of Annual Church Eventsp. 104
Chapter 7. Events Worth Rememberingp. 105
Passages of Timep. 106
Personal Transitionsp. 109
Congregational Identityp. 110
Expanding Ministriesp. 113
Caring Rhythmp. 114
Turf Stewardshipp. 116
A Healthy Churchp. 119
For Further Readingp. 120
Part III. Copingp. 121
Chapter 8. Exercise: Church Groups, Goals, and Purposesp. 123
Chapter 8. The Ministry of Goals and Purposesp. 124
Printing the Unspeakablep. 127
Levels of Leadershipp. 130
Conflict over Goalsp. 131
Goals and Purposesp. 134
For Further Readingp. 137
Chapter 9. Exercise: Church Fellowship Circlesp. 138
Chapter 9. Turf Types of Churchesp. 139
Heredity and Environmentp. 140
Turf Types: Regional and Localp. 143
Regional: Old First and Holy Trinityp. 145
Regional: Ethnic Family Churchp. 145
Regional: The High-Commitment Churchp. 146
Local: The Stable Parish Churchp. 147
Local: The Growing Neighborhood Churchp. 149
Local: The Declining Neighborhood Churchp. 150
Fellowship Circles and Membership Doorsp. 151
For Further Readingp. 156
Chapter 10. Exercise: Tensions Between Denominations and Small Churchesp. 157
Chapter 10. Are Denominations "Viable"?p. 158
Mutual Distrustp. 159
Denominational Perspectivesp. 161
Denominational Resourcesp. 162
The Viable Churchp. 164
The Problems of Moneyp. 167
Tentmaking Ministriesp. 168
Clustering Churchesp. 170
Local Independencep. 174
A Summaryp. 175
Small-Church Perspectivesp. 175
Small-Church Challengesp. 176
Small-Church Resourcesp. 177
For Further Readingp. 178
Notesp. 179
Indexp. 189

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