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5 Reasons Why Small Churches are Important

Small Church Connections exists to help small churches develop a greater sense of their own potential and so to become more effective in serving their communities. According to founder Ron Johnson: “The small church has value in and of itself. While most of the attention is paid to large churches, the small church is making a powerful impact on Canadian church life.”

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God of All Comfort: A Free Mental Health Worship Resource

Some studies indicate that one in five people live with schizophrenia, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental illness. In a congregation of 250, that would be 50 people.

One study reports that 43% of people in the workplace have had a colleague with some form of mental illness. In a congregation of 250, that would be over 100 people.

Yet in light of this impact of mental health and mental illness, some pastors say, “we do not talk about this enough in our churches.”

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Billy Graham, Healthy Self-Care, and Sustainable Ministry

As I reflected on the death of Billy Graham yesterday, I came across this quote from Billy Graham and Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers, and Other People Who Knew Him Well (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2013):

“What does appropriate, healthy, self-care look like over the course of one’s life?

It looks like Billy Graham.”

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