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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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Joy Fills My Heart

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is located in a busy, multicultural neighborhood of Austin, Texas, just southeast of downtown. Founded in 1955 by the children and grandchildren of Swedish immigrants, Prince of Peace has always been a fairly small congregation. The main difference between 1955 and now is Austin’s size and our congregation’s growing cultural and economic diversity of Anglo, Latino, African, and African-American members.

 

While participating in the very first Summer Collegium in 2006, I had a vision of exactly how I wanted our small youth program to develop . . .

 

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Who Said "Small" Can't Do Much!???

 

Patricia Ludwig, who serves as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newfane, New York, writes:  “Our small church, in Newfane, New York with average attendance between 60 and 70, offers a FREE monthly community dinner  on the third Friday of the each month.  We have a volunteer core of people who set it up, cook it, and serve it, but ask the congregation for donations with a sign-up sheet each month. We very seldom have to put out any money from our budget.  We started about three years ago and got discouraged that only about 15 were coming at the beginning...but we persisted in faith, and now have 50-60 per month, mostly from the community. At Thanksgiving time, we do a full turkey dinner and get over 100 for that. 

 

We also have a free clothes closet, also run by volunteers, that is open weekly for the public. It has become quite the ministry for us. Donations come from the community and even our clothes racks have been donated, so we are set up like a store.

 

Who said 'small' can't do much!???”

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Rising from the Ashes

 

In the spirit of “rising from the ashes,” click on this link to see and hear the story of a small Primitive Baptist Church in LaVernia, Texas, that was destroyed by fire in October.  Most of the story is contained in the video.

 

http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/Small-church-rising-from-the-ashes/P8VGC0JPTUW52wzl2zdvvQ.cspx?rss=68

 

We’re interested in sharing events and uplifting stories of things that are happening in the small church! If you know of inspiring recent news stories involving small congregations, please send them to smallchurches@vts.edu. These can be local news stories involving your congregation, or something from your denominational newsletter.

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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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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.
 
If you would prefer not to receive this monthly mailing, please email cprather@vts.edu, and write “small church unsubscribe” in the subject line.  Send us your ideas for things you’d like to see, conferences or events for small churches you'd like to let us know about, or success stories of small congregations you’d like to share. Email Marilyn at smallchurches@vts.edu and help others benefit from your experience!