Determining Strengths & Assets of Small Congregations. Warren M. Eshbach, D.Min. Adjunct Faculty, Congregational Ministry Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg. Questions. Who was raised in a community of less than 5000? 10,000? 30,000? 100,000?
Determining Strengths & Assets of Small Congregations
Warren M. Eshbach, D.Min.
Adjunct Faculty, Congregational Ministry
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg
“Weak or dying congregations are not about size, but about a way of thinking, planning and acting” (Callahan)
Each of the above is determined by a style of thinking, planning and acting.
SMALL IS STRONG!
“The art is to grow the real strengths God gives you in ways that match with the community that God gives you. That takes wisdom.” Kennon Callahan
DNA of a Congregation. . .
Organization & structure
The Cycle of a Congregation
Clearly defined problem
Clearly defined solution
Solution requires learning & change
Asks questions re: direction
Offers a critique of options
Orients persons to new roles
Deals with conflict
Helps establish new group norms
by Ronald A. Heifetz;1999; Belknap/Harvard