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A Resource for Small Churches - December 2010 Issue
 

Small Churches - Big Ideas is an e-resources guide, hosted by Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. This monthly mailing and our web page, www.vts.edu/smallchurches, are an attempt to reach the thousands of small-church clergy and lay leaders who are looking for resources to enhance the health of their congregations. They are not meant to be denominationally or theologically specific, nor are these resources only for clergy. We want them to be useful to all who work with, pray for, and love the small church.

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Finding My Purpose in the Small Church - by Bob Albing

When I told my pastor friends that I was leaving my mid-sized church in Urbantown to take a call to a two-point parish near Ruralville, they would nod and start to say something and then stop. The bolder ones would ask, “Is the Bishop mad at you?”.  “No!” I would protest, “I want to work in a rural parish.” Again the nodding. I am sure most of them did not believe me. So eventually I started saying, “Yes, he is very mad at me, I will tell you about it sometime.” At least the nodding stopped . . .

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Bookmark the www.vts.edu/smallchurches page to find:
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  • Videos of workshops and keynotes about the small church that you can use (free of charge) with your board or your whole church
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Pastoral Residency Program for Small Churches

In the Presbyterian Church (USA) a new program has begun to match small, under-served congregations with first-call pastors. The program, called For Such a Time as This, recruits presbyteries with three or four relatively healthy small congregations who have been without installed pastoral leadership for at least a year and who can support, with some help, a full-time pastor. Candidates for the program are asked to agree to consider congregations in any of the participating presbyteries, which may be in remote locations, and to commit to staying for the two years of the residency program. They are ordained in their first call as Designated Pastors, a temporary called position, with the hope that at the end of the residency they will decide to stay. During the two-year residency, they are supported by a pastor/mentor and by the other pastoral residents in their presbytery. In this first year of the project, six residents have been placed in churches in North and South Dakota, Missouri, and Mississippi. For more information, see the website at http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/vocation/such-time/

If your small church is doing something newsworthy that could benefit other small churches, email us and we may post it in a later issue.
Monthly Small Church Resources from Virginia Seminary
 
This resource is compiled by Marilyn Johns, D.Min., project manager of The Summer Collegium, as an extension of that project.
 
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