SmallChurchPROF.com links to the best news, ideas, insights, and information relevant to small church ministry. The site features articles in eight categories of interest to small church leaders and members:
- Featured. These articles are the latest of the web’s ever-changing content that have application to small churches. Links to events, people, and issues that are making news or creating conversations are featured here each day. A recent feature, “What comes after contemporary worship?”, focused on a small church that was re-establishing traditional worship after 15 years.
- Small Church News. Small churches and their people make the news, too. This section curates the best of small church newsmakers and recently featured an article about the CIA shooting down a missionary airplane 9 years ago, killing a young mother and her infant in the process. “When Mission Trips Go Bad” focused on the plight of 10 Baptists who went to Haiti and were arrested trying to transport Haitian children across the border.
- Outreach. A recent article told the story of a Nashville, TN church that uses mixed martial arts to reach young men. The story ran in the New York Times, so small churches can have a national influence in the mainstream media. The Outreach section often showcases successful outreach ideas or concepts, such as the post, “How Can We Get Some Young Folks in Our Church” written by Jeremy Troxler of Duke Divinity School’s Thriving Rural Communities program.
- Discipleship. This section links to articles that either reflect issues of interest to those seeking to follow Christ as disciples, or specific instances of discipleship in action. When the Archbishop of Canterbury challenged Wall Street’s greed and materialism, that’s of interest to those seeking to follow Christ’s teaching that you cannot serve God and money.
- Leadership. The Leadership category finds the most helpful and insightful web articles about leadership development, characteristics, and examples available. Some articles come from the business world, others from the non-profit world, or a valuable leadership resource. All of the links in the Leadership section provide insight into being an effective leader in the 21st century. Seth Godin’s “Who Will Save Us?” was a recent post revealing the struggles of leaders to adapt to our changing times.
- Service. Service tells the stories of churches working to make this world a better place. A recent link from the local Nashville, TN paper, The Tennessean, revealed that the traditionally isolated Churches of Christ in middle Tennessee were cooperating with other denominations on community ministry projects.
- Worship. Featuring creative worship ideas, sermons, and other links pertinent to small church worship, I recently linked to a story about “Dinner Church.” Dinner Church is the nickname a new church start, St. Lydia’s in New York, gives to its combination of dinner and worship, patterned after Jesus habit of breaking bread with the disciples.
- Technology. Finally, the most current technology developments, such as the rise of mobile smart phones, Twitter, Facebook, sound systems, video, and even Apple’s iPad, get recognized in this section.
You can bookmark the entire site, SmallChurchPROF.com, or subscribe to each category in a separate feed if your interest runs only to one or two areas. Simply click on “More SCP Links from Publish2” at the end of each category for access to the RSS feed.
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I hope you find both SmallChurchPROF.com and NewChurchReport.com helpful to you as a pastor or church leader. I edit both sites, and select all the articles that are featured. I choose articles to link to that are relevant, interesting, helpful, and challenging, even if I don’t always agree with their point of view. If you want to suggest an article for either site, please email me at chuckwarnock [at] gmail [dot] com with the link. The system I use requires that the article be available on the web at a linkable URL.
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