Note: This training was originally offered in a semester format in 2017.
The twenty-first century is the century of small, strong congregations… Across the planet, the vast majority of congregations will be small and strong, and the vast majority of people will be in these congregations.”
–Kennon L. Callahan, author of Small Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation
Does your congregation have fewer than 100 members? Do your leaders burn out quickly? Do you get first time visitors but not many repeat visitors? This training is for you!
Often, the model of church that people have in their heads is a church that can afford full-time ministry, along with part-time staff members, such as religious educators, music directors and administrators. But smaller congregations run on members’ gifts of time as well as of money. How can the small congregation be good stewards of both?
We recommend that a team of lay leaders (and your minister, if you have one) take this training together and use the exercises and apply the discussion questions for your own congregation’s situation.
Rev. Dr. Megan Foley serves as Regional Lead for the Central East Region staff. Before joining regional staff she served for six years as the minister of the Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists in Germantown, Maryland. Megan holds a Doctor of Ministry in Public Theology degree from Drew University, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She was born in Oakland, California, and lived around the world before coming to live in Silver Spring with her husband, Neil and their two sons in 2002. She brings expertise in small congregational life and focused ministries to the regional team.