Effective Small Churches in the Twenty-first Century
There's nothing like writing a timely, ground-breaking, and best-selling book to make an author pay attention to changes that occur in his or her field after the book achieves "classic" status. Carl S. Dudley paid attention and updated his Making the Small Church Effective (1978). He understood the dynamics of life in the small congregation then, and he's only gotten better. In this new book, a heavily revised edition of the classic, Dudley revisits the small church, posing new questions that reflect the significant changes in small churches in recent decades. Possibly the most significant developments are shifts in institutional loyalty and the individual's sense of identity in relation to the larger organization. Dudley explores the components that create a small congregation's sense of unity and motivate its members to live out their faith.
Carl S. Dudley was Co-director of the Center for Social and Religious Research and Professor of Church and Community at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut. He is author of several books, including Making the Small Church Effective and Basic Steps Toward Community Ministry. (1998)