ABIDE is a small church leadership initiative offered by Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI), whose headquarters are in Lexington, Kentucky. ABIDE is based on the popular L3 Leadership Incubator program.

The purpose of ABIDE is to engender a widespread movement for the renewal of small churches that are:

  1. Abiding in Christ,
  2. Advancing God's mission,
  3. Alive in God's glory.

ABIDE works best in congregations that average 50 or fewer in worship with a part-time or shared pastor and no substantial paid staff other than the pastor. Congregations in rural and urban settings are encouraged to consider participation. Congregations with full-time pastors also may participate.

To learn more about ABIDE, visit the SLI website.

If you would like to learn more about implementing the ABIDE program in your local church, contact the Rev. Micki McCorkle, coordinator for small membership church ministry, at mmccorkle@greatplainsumc.org or the Rev. Evelyn Fisher, director of congregational excellence, at efisher@greatplainsumc.org. Both McCorkle and Fisher can also be reached at 800-745-2350