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The treasurer reported that everything looked good. Giving was slightly exceeding our budgeted needs and financial obligations. Immediately, there were smiles all around the room. Everyone relaxed, happy to know that we didn’t have to worry and stress about our church’s budget this time. Everyone, that is, except me. We knew it was going to […] Read More

What are some temptations that small-town pastors face? I’ve been reflecting on this question while working on a sermon series based on Jesus’ three temptations in Matthew 4. For Jesus, the first temptation was the temptation of sustenance – relying on something other than God to sustain him. The second temptation was for power – […] Read More

What are some of the advantages of a rural church? This question was posed to me in a recent interview with a writer putting together an article about rural congregations. After responding that while some rural churches are large, many of them are smaller, I told him that I would give him the advantages of […] Read More

Everything is about relationships in a small church. Small churches are family churches. Sometimes the membership is made up primarily of two to four families who are related through blood or marriage. The matriarchs and patriarchs of these families are often the leaders in the church. If a pastor serving such a church does not […] Read More

Is it easier to live out biblical Christianity in a small church or a big church? Before engaging this question, it should be noted that there are healthy and unhealthy big and small churches. What I’m comparing are healthy big churches, especially in areas (such as Texas) where Christianity still functions like a kind of […] Read More

If Reformation Sunday is about anything, it’s about big theology. Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli and John Knox loom large as veritable giants in the history of the church. These Reformers crafted big, new theologies to differentiate their beliefs from the dogma of the dominant Roman Catholic Church. We remain in their debt because […] Read More

A live discussion on the topic of small churches will be “netcast” on EthicsDaily.com next week. The show, the first of its kind for EthicsDaily.com, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. ET. Using a relatively new technological platform from Google, called Hangouts On Air, EthicsDaily.com will broadcast live, on its website, a […] Read More