Resources on Congregations


Steven E. Burt and Hazel A. Roper, raising small church esteem. Bethesda: Alban, 1992. Available for purchase from The Alban Institute, Suite 433 North, 4550 Montgomery Ave, Bethesda. MD 20814-3341 phone (800) 486-1318 ext. 244 or (301) 718-4407 ext. 244 or fax orders to (301) 718-1966. No. AL132 $10.95

Handbook for Congregational Studies, edited by Jackson W. Carroll, Carl S. Dudley, and William McKinney. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1986.

Carl S. Dudley. Making the Small Church Effective. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1978. Must be translated from a Christian context. An excellent analysis of how small congregations work and a guide to all aspects of small congregation effectiveness. This is also good for larger Societies trying to grow small groups within their congregation. Available for purchase from Abingdon Press, 201 S. 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37202

Roy M. Oswald and Martin Saarinen. Why Some Churches Don’t Grow: Factors that Might Motivate Those Not Interested in Growth. Research in 12 high-growth-potential congregations that did not grow; findings focus on the importance of identity and inclusion to growth and notes obstacles as well as key factors involved in growth. (Alban) No. OD103 $9.50

Anthony G. Pappas, Entering the world of the small church: a guide for leaders. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 1988. Order No. AL109 $10.25

Lyle E. Schaller. The Small Church Is Different! Nashville: Abingdon, 1982.

Brian R. Schofield-Bodt. Educating for the Transition from a Pastoral to a Program Church: A Leadership Development Model. Order No. OD113 $13.75