An introduction to pastoral care for pastors of small membership churches.
'If you spend your whole life serving small membership churches and doing it well, yours will have been a life well spent.'
Small membership churches have a real advantage when it comes to incorporating people into a fellowship where they are known and where their needs are met. These churches and their pastors have an opportunity for excellence in this area, and should make the most of it. Good pastoral care can be the key to effectiveness in all of the other ministries of the church.
From getting acquainted with your congregation, weddings and funerals, picking up on subtle cues in a conversation to not-so-subtle conflicts, Killen shares insights from years of ministry in a small membership church setting.
Describes the basics of pastoral care in a small membership church setting
Gives examples of typical mistakes a pastor might make in a small membership church setting and tips on how to avoid them
Focuses on the unique opportunity small membership churches have to be caring communities