Posts Tagged ‘small churches’

Amid a boom of plus-sized churches, one Catholic church wants to keep it small

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
Keep it small

The outdoor Mass at Green Hope High School is informal. People dressed casually in shorts and sandals stand or sit in folding camp chairs. At 8:30 a.m., it’s already hot outside. But this hardy group of Catholics is not a second-wave COVID-19 workaround. Mother Teresa Catholic Church, technically still a mission church, has been meeting Read more

Tiny churches the way to go

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
the gathering

The Gathering evolved a few years ago from a handful of like-minded friends who used to meet and share their common belief in their homes. The Gathering, which meets in a hall the South Canterbury town of Temuka has no leader, no service plan and just a couple of acoustic guitars. About 30 people attend Read more

Tiny church bucking national trend thanks to community spirit

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

In a semi-rural Marlborough town, St Luke’s Church is welcoming its loyal parishioners; as it has done since Queen Victoria was head of state. While the number of regular attendees for Sunday morning service fluctuate from 25 to 30, St Luke’s is a vital part of the community Continue reading

Unhealthy small churches — good news!

Monday, May 29th, 2017

I like the idea of small churches. But if they’re so great, why do I see so many more unhealthy small churches than unhealthy big churches? A small church pastor asked me that question recently. Not from cynicism or unkindness. It was out of genuine concern for a reality he saw. To be honest, it’s Read more