Nearly two thirds of POJ's congregations fall into the category of small churches, those with fewer than 100 members. This ministry supports the leaders and members of small churches by providing engaging opportunities for education about growth and mission, networking among leaders, and promoting the Good News of the vital small church.
Free Workshop: Hybrid Worship That Won't Break You or the Bank
On March 3 at 1:00 p.m., Small Church Ministry will repeat the hybrid worship workshop with Rev. Steve Martin first held in December. As Steve will share, hybrid worship doesn’t have to break YOU or the bank. Learn about techniques and a mentality to create a positive experience for participants in the pews and at home.
Steve Martin founded the Lakelands Institute to offer wisdom, experience, and practical know-how to church leaders who are ready to help guide the church through transitions taking place. He has served United Methodist churches as pastor for twenty years and has expertise in theology, the intersection of faith and politics, and media production.
March 3 at 1:00 p.m.
Programs for Small Churches
With the majority of PC(USA) churches considered small, preparing for the unique aspects of life as a solo pastor in a small church is an important part of seminary education. The Small Church Intern Program plans seminars to educate seminary-approved interns in this particular calling of ministry. It also provides financial support to small churches who support an intern for an academic year, helping to defray the costs of stipends and mileage.
For specific questions, contact:
- Seminary requirements: Rev. Dorothee Tripodi (email@example.com or 804-278-4220)
- Experience with interns: Rev. Kerra English, pastor of Ashland Church
Emergency/New Ministry Grants
Small Church Ministry offers grants of up to $5,000 for emergency repairs or to promote a new ministry within their community. The grants are determined by need and the grant fund is limited.
Small Church Ministry offers a grant to help small churches develop and host websites. Selected churches will work with POJ's communications associate to create websites with hosting costs for three years funded by POJ.
Be Part of Small Church Ministry Across the Presbytery
The Small Church Ministry is looking for pastors and congregational leaders who are interested in helping the presbytery care for our smaller congregations. The group meets approximately every other month. In the coming year, this ministry will work with the to-be-hired presbyter for congregational life to identify and address needs of small membership congregations in our presbytery. In addition, this team reviews applications for small church grants and helps to oversee the small church intern program. To get involved, contact Kerra English.