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Spring 2013

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Small Church, Big Impact: Leading Your Congregation to Outsized Influence

Approximately 33 percent of Assemblies of God churches are 49 or less in attendance in public worship and almost 63 percent are 99 or less. Most of these pastors face unique struggles different from their counterparts in larger churches. They may attend church-growth seminars and come away discouraged because most of the principles they hear are geared toward larger churches. Many small-church pastors often feel disconnected from district events because they are bivocational out of necessity. But while these churches may be small, they can be healthy and have a significant impact in their communities. The spring 2013 issue of Enrichment is designed to encourage small-church pastors and also provide practical ideas for reaching their communities. Read inspiring and insightful articles by Warren Bird, Michael Clarensau, Steve Donaldson, Alton Garrison, Tim Leathers, Lori O'Dea, Steve Pike, Peter Scazzero, Eric Swanson, George O. Wood, and others.

 

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Theme Articles

Introduction

George P. Wood

Interview — Challenges and Opportunities Facing Smaller Churches

David Campbell, Karen Rydwansky, And David Silva

Three small-church pastors share their successes and challenges.

The Healthy Church: How to Assess Your Church's Well-Being, Whatever Its Size

L. Alton Garrison

The road to church health, regardless of size, begins with asking the right questions.

A Culture of Yes: How to Lead from Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

Michael Clarensau

Many pastors have confronted the limitations of their settings so often that a culture of can't cripples their thoughts. Must this be the plight of the smaller congregation?

The Start-Up Funnel: How to Use Church-Planting Insights to Expand Your Circle of Influence

Steven M. Pike

Consider this workable model that can be universally applied by any church desiring to increase its evangelistic effectiveness.

The Externally Focused Small Church: How to Move From Maintenance to Mission

Eric Swanson

You may never be the best church in the community but you can become the best church for the community. Here is how.

Small Towns … Big Possibilities: Leading Our Communities to Become a Better Place to Live

Steve Donaldson

Here are six keys that will enable your church to take a leadership role in your community.

Welcome! Seven Diverse Churches, One Inviting Atmosphere

Efraim Espinoza and Scott Temple With Scott Harrup

How seven small, ethnic churches are applying fundamental ministry principles, often on a scale belying their size, and experiencing steady growth and influence.

The Other 80 Percent: How to Recruit, Resource, and Refine Big-Impact Volunteers

Warren Bird

If smaller-church pastors are to lead their congregations into greater influence, they must think rightly in order to lead well.

No More Casualties

Lori O'Dea

Here are six effective strategies for conflict management in the small church.

Tent Making in the 21st Century: How to Turn Bivocational Challenges Into Opportunities

Tim Leathers

God is calling a new generation of ministers to take the added responsibility of bivocational ministry and turn it into opportunities to be salt and light to their communities.

Emotionally Healthy Pastoring

Pete Scazzero

Staying emotionally healthy in the ministry starts by stepping into the messy, painful truth of confronting how we are doing in three major areas of life and ministry.

Interview — Church Partnership: Models of Creativity and Synergy

Rich Guerra, Mike Quinn, and Eric Rountree

The challenges of small-church ministry sometimes force pastors to realize they need outside help. Smaller churches are partnering with larger churches in creative ways with positive results.

The Final Word

Karl Vaters

 

From the General Superintendent

Cultivating Faithfulness

George O. Wood

They taught him many things pertaining to life and ministry, but the most important truth his parents taught him was the real measure of success.

 

Column Articles

LEAD LONG…LEAD STRONG

Fast and Furious … but Still Fresh

Scott Hagan

Q&A FOR MINISTRY WIVES

Church Split

Gabriele Rienas

MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY

Since You Work on Sunday, When Is Your Sabbath?

Cal LeMon

MOVING LEADERS FORWARD

The Leader's Best Friend

Glenn Reynolds

DEALING WITH DOUBTERS

Did New Testament Writers Misquote the Old Testament?

Paul Copan

WELL CONNECTED

Five Habits of a Kingdom Networker

Justin Lathrop

ON PREACHING

Blockbuster Sermons

DOUG GREEN

MINISTRY & MEDICAL ETHICS

Abortion, Vaccine Production, and Moral Values

Christina M.H. Powell

In Context

Location of the Day of Pentecost

Marc Turnage

 

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Next Time in Enrichment:

Spiritual Warfare: Proclaiming Christ's Victory Over the World, the Flesh, and the Devil in Word and Deed

The summer 2013 issue of Enrichment examines the topic of spiritual warfare. Articles outline the nature of the Christian's struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil, and the victory over them that Jesus Christ won through His death and resurrection. Special attention is given to spiritual warfare in pastoral ministry and to worldview considerations. Read compelling essays by Paul Alexander, James Bradford, Terry Hanna, A. Elizabeth Grant, Stephen Lim, Doug Lowenberg, Greg Mundis, Gary J. Tyra, George O. Wood, and others.

 

 

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