The smallest fifth of churches: liturgical planning

Apart from my internship church — which was either the largest or second largest church in the Unitarian Universalist Association at the time — all of the churches I’ve served, regularly supplied or pastored have been small. All but my last pastorate — which would be in the smallest 25% in terms of Sunday attendance — have been in the smallest 20%. I care about these churches, Christian and not.

So much effort goes into liturgical planning and administration that other vital ministries — lifelong education and public service — get shortchanged, if not entirely overlooked.

I’ll be writing about the small church’s liturgical planning needs. If you have a request or a resource — Unitarian Universalist or not — please note it in the comments. I’ll be the first, however, to lift up again the newsletters of the small church consultant and minister Jane Dwinell called Small Talk, which may be downloaded at the New Hampshire/Vermont District web site.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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