Item description for Effective Small Churches in the Twenty-First Century by Shirley S. Dudley & Carl S. Dudley...
Overview In a complete revamping of his much admired Making the Small Church Effective, Dudley tackles such recent developments as shifts in institutional loyalty and how individuals identify with large groups and organizations. Enunciates those key components for building mature, faithful, unified Christians.
Publishers Description Dudley's work in Making the Small Church Effective (1978) broke new ground in understanding the dynamics of life in the small congregation. In this revised edition, Dudley revisits the small church, posing new questions reflective of the considerable changes that have swept over small churches in the last two decades. Among the most significant recent developments are shifts in institutional loyalty and individual's sense of identity in relation to larger groups and organizations. Dudley explores the key components that contribute to a small congregation's sense of unity and that motivate its members to more faithfully live out their faith.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2002
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687090903 ISBN13 9780687090907
Reviews - What do customers think about Effective Small Churches in the 21st Century?
Social Scientific Study of Effective 21st Century Small Churches Sep 29, 2007
Carl Dudley has revised his well received 1978 book about effective small churches. He notes that small churches have a family atmosphere and an intimacy often lacking in the megachurches. But they are also difficult for new people to penetrate. Effective small churches will have "gatekeepers" who will warmly welcome new people.
Effective small churches will also have annual or occasional events which are blessings to not only the active membership, but also to the larger community (anniversaries, pancake suppers, etc).
These churches will also reach out across generational lines to embrace members of all ages.
The book also has various charts which compare smaller churches with larger churches. There are also exercises that church members can do to identify the style and strengths of their own churches.
The book was good, but not really revelatory, and there was very little interaction with scripture. The book was also kind of boring to read, nowhere near as interesting and humorous and insightful as Steven Bierly's books on small church ministry.