Small-Membership Church Ministries

Providing resources for small membership churches to deepen spiritual formation and strengthen leadership skills.

Our Mission is to identify and equip lay persons in the local church to be effective leaders in their congregations and communities. Our Vision is excellent, effective lay leadership in every small membership church. Our challenge to small membership churches is to grow an average of two persons a year for ten years. Our promise is to provide quality programs that help lay persons, pastors, and their churches to grow.


Lenten Prayer Calendar

The Small-Membership Church Ministries team has developed a daily Lenten prayer chart, in consultation with laity and clergy in small churches. The calendar features a different person or group to pray for from March 1, to April 16, with an accompanying scripture to add to the experience.

Download the prayer calendar.


January-February 2017




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Don't miss out on resources, information and best practices shared
in our bi-monthly newsletter developed especially for small churches.


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Meet the Staff

Rev. Micki McCorkle, 800-745-2350 or 316-684-0266, email, cell: 316-210-3996.


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Small Membership Church Ministries has a Facebook page. Join the conversation online.


Ongoing Ministries for Small-Membership Churches

Local Church Consultations - Is your church looking toward the future? Looking to jump start or build up your ministry and outreach?  Would you like more people involved in Sunday School and Bible Studies?

Micki McCorkle is available to work with small membership congregations. She has more than 20 years of experience in ministry and brings the ability to guide a congregation in developing a vision and goals that reflects where they are today and where they hope to be tomorrow. She can also help you identify intentional ways to grow as disciples and ways to invite people in at all stages of life and faith.

For more information contact Rev. Micki McCorkle at our Wichita office: 316-684-0266,


Other Ministries for Small-Membership Churches

  • Certified Lay Ministry Training
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Lay Servant Ministries


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.

"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