Small-Membership Church Ministries

 

Local churches in the Great Plains Conference are now organized into networks. For support and resources in your network, get in touch with your network leadership. For more information contact Rev. Nathan Stanton at 785-272-9111 or nstanton@greatplainsumc.org.

 

Other Ministries for Small-Membership Churches

 

Organizations for Rural Ministry

 

Books for Rural Ministry

The following books may be ordered through a number of online booksellers, including Upper Room, Cokesbury and Amazon.

  • "Choosing the Faithful Path," by Nancy B. Rankin & Beth M. Crissman
  • "The $5 Youth Ministry: Low-Cost Ideas for Effective Ministry," by Todd Outcalt
  • "99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers: Doing More with Less," by Stephanie Caro
  • "Discovering Hope: Building Vitality in Rural Congregations," by David Poling-Goldenne and L. Shannon Jung
  • "Effective Small Churches in the 21st Century," by Carl Dudley
  • "Energizing Children’s Ministry in the Smaller Church," by Rick Chromey
  • "The Healthy Small Church: Diagnosis and Treatment for the Big Issues," by Dennis Bickers
  • "Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities," by Jeanne Hoeft, L. Shannon Jung and Joretta Marshall
  • "Preaching in the Small Membership Church" by Lewis Parks ISBN 978-0-687-64584-8
  • "Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Secrets for Cultivating a Dynamic Youth Ministry," Chromey, Rick and Stephanie Caro. This is really an upgrade of Rick’s book from 1990 called, "Youth Ministry in Small Churches: Creative How-tos, plus 28 involving activities"
  • "Turnaround and Beyond: A Hopeful Future for the Small Membership Church," Ron Crandall. This is the sequel to the 1995 book, "Turnaround Strategies for the Small Church."

Abingdon did a series of books for Ministry in the Small Membership Church in the mid-2000’s:

  • "Evangelism in the Small Membership Church," by Royal Speidel, 2007  
  • "Christian Ed in the Small Membership Church," by Karen B. Tye, 2008
  • "Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church," by James L. Killen, 2005
  • "Administration in the Small Membership Church," by John H. Tyson, 2007
  • "Spiritual Leadership in the Small Membership Church," by David Canada, 2005
  • "Preaching in the Small Membership Church," by Lewis Parks, 2009
  • "The Gifts of the Small Church," by Jason Byassee, 2010
  • "Worshipping in the Small Membership Church," by Robin Knowles Wallace, 2008

Discipleship Resources did a series on Vital Ministry in the Small Membership Church in the late 1990’s early 2000’s.