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Big Ideas Published For Small Congregations

Leaders of small congregations need the new book by Rev. Jane

Dwinell and Ellen Germann-Melosh, Big Ideas for Small Congregations.

Dwinell is a small-church consultant; editor of Small Talk, a newsletter for

leaders of small congregations; and former consulting minister of a small

congregation in Vermont. Germann-Melosh is a former Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district executive and

is a small-church consultant.

The book discusses the issues of all congregations: leadership,

caring, money, facilities, staff, conflict, religious education, and more. It

does this from the perspective of small churches, generally those with fewer

than 150 members.

There is a discussion of the two types of small congregations:

group-centered and leader-centered. There is also a section on starting a new

congregation and one on how to determine if your congregation is attractive to

visitors and how it can plan for growth. The book also includes resources, from

websites to books.

The 184-page book is $20 from Spirit of Life Publishing, PO Box 243, Montpelier, VT


About the Author

  • Donald E. Skinner was the founding editor of the InterConnections newsletter for congregational leaders and a senior editor of UU World from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. He is a member of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Lenexa, Kansas.

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