In a challenging time for all congregations, smaller membership congregations face particular challenges. Is there a future for the smaller membership congregation in the twenty-first century? We believe there is, and in fact, here and there, now and then, we’ve seen the future: vibrant and vital smaller membership congregations whose worship has spiritual depth, whose life together is real, whose ministry is changing lives and healing communities. In “Choosing Life” we will look at some of the hard life choices that vital smaller membership congregations have made and need to make. We will consider key leadership skills for pastoral and lay leaders. And we will focus on strategies for nurturing spiritual depth in worship and preaching, and strengthening relationships within and beyond the congregation to its community context. Choosing Life isn’t easy, but it is possible. Anthony B. (Tony) Robinson is a speaker and consultant, author and pastor.
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