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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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Ministry and Mary Oliver’s Poetry

In honour of this week’s Poetry at Work Day (the second Tuesday of January), I’m sharing an article that features some of the poetry of Mary Oliver and how it speaks to the life of ministry. This article was first published in Faith & Leadership with the tagline “how the poetry of Mary Oliver broadens the imagination for the daily work of ministry.”

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