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Effective Small Churches in the Twenty-First Century Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B00AKJZAYC
- Publisher : Abingdon Press; Revised edition (September 1, 2010)
- Publication date : September 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1181 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,704 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, I am not persuaded that a church which provides a sense of place and belonging has done what the church is supposed to do. The church is built for disciple-making, for an ever-increasing influence in the community. In a century that is seeing catastrophic decline in Christian influence, Dudley seems unconcerned for increasing the percentage of the community that calls Christ Lord. It seems he would be satisfied as long as churches are committed to one another and go through life together.
I especially value his profile of the small church and the understanding it brings.
One suggestion: Dudley correctly makes the point that half the churches in America have less than 100 in attendance, so half the churches in America qualify as small churches. What I find even more fascinating is that 40 percent of the churches are under 50, which really demonstrates that most churches are primary groups. My suggestion is that defining the small church as those under 100 obscures the fact that most of the churches larger than 100 are still primary groups. It's only the 10 percent above 300 that have shown that they've been able to sustain a multi-group organization. So most churches will benefit from the insights of Dudley's latest work.
Note: while 86 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot, the data in the above paragraph is extrapolated from an article, Understanding Church Size Based on Empirical Data, by Bill M. Sullivan
I will definitely consider their service a positive if I have a choice of buyers!