The history of the church is small. A small church is typically defined as fewer than 200 actively participating in the congregation, but often looks more like 30 to 65 members. Despite our increasingly networked world, research shows that we are more disconnected than previous generations, except within a small church. Everyone notices when you walk in AND when you are not there. This is connection. This is belonging. This is part of the beauty of a small church. Smaller churches face their own challenges, of course, but those challenges scale with church size. This MasterClass does NOT pit one size church against another. Rather, it affirms small church as an historic expression of Christian community and as particularly apt for the 21st century. In this course we’ll explore best practices for those who lead intentionally small churches. And we’ll explore how small church can be a powerful response to modern and post-modern society. It is nimble. It is creative. It is collaborative. It is powerful and a force for hope. Small church has survived for centuries and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
More About Dr. Amy Jacober
Dr. Amy Jacober is a fierce advocate of under-served populations. She earned a PhD in theology while always asking “so what”? This led to a lifetime of teaching and learning in practical theology. She has spent decades serving bi-vocationally as a professor and pastor, serving youth in churches big and small, and advocating for the belonging of those with disabilities. She has an MSW as well, which informs how she lives out her faith individually and collectively. She gets to serve alongside her husband in a small church while having their own small tribe of three children and an overactive dog at home. She recognizes the need for sustainability and long-term self-care by making time to hike, travel, play board games, and cook from scratch.
Dates of Live Sessions
Thursday, October 20, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
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