Standing Commission for Small Congregation
This past week I had the pleasure of serving as the staff liaison to the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission charged with "concerning itself with new directions for small congregations" in Kansas City.
An agenda was created upon arrival by participants, and included the following:
Building resources of Best Practice (Music, Stewardship, Ethnic Ministry, Small church handbook, Style of worship)
Summit on Small Church
General Convention and Resolutions
Relief for Small Church Professionals (Pension Fund, Health Insurance, Debt)
Seminaries role in formation (Lay and Ordered)
The conversation was good and I look forward to seeing more fine work from this committee (especially the possibility of an event to be held just prior to General Convention 2009 which I will share more about as plans progress.)
What I would be interested in right now is learning (and sharing) from you, small church enthusiasts, what other issues you would like to see this committee address? If you were at the table last week, what else would you have added to the agenda? What "new directions for small congregations" would you hope that we, collectively, will articulate and possibly legislate?