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Thursday, March 31, 2016
LifeWay highlights small churches
Facts & Trends issue focuses on 'the power of small'
The power of small churches is the focus of the latest edition of Facts & Trends, a publication of LifeWay Christian Resources for pastors and other church leaders.
"With the majority of churches in America having weekly attendance below 100, we believe this issue will hit home with and inspire many of our readers," said Carol Pipes, the magazine's editor.
The magazine includes the unique opportunities and challenges small churches face on a daily basis as well as examples of how smaller churches have turned weaknesses into advantages. Readers will learn from church growth experts Bob Whitesel and Elmer Towns, as well as from Karl Vaters, founder of NewSmallChurch.com.
"Large or small, rural or urban, every church can make an impact for God's Kingdom," Pipes said. "We should value healthy churches of all sizes."
One of the articles in the cover section explores how megachurches are harnessing the power of "small" through small groups, multisite campuses and micro sites.
The spring 2016 issue of Facts & Trends also includes an interview with pastor Thabiti Anyabwile, author of "Reviving the Black Church," as well as articles on human trafficking and the significance of music in developing disciples.
Each issue of Facts & Trends includes church and culture trends, resource recommendations and columns by LifeWay President Thom S. Rainer and Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research.
A subscription or copies of the magazine can be obtained by contacting the magazine's staff at FactsAndTrends@LifeWay.com or visiting the FactsAndTrends.net website.
Dr. Pat Ford became a Church Consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources in 2007 after 35 years of ministry in church, university, and seminary settings. He can be contacted at 832-725-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed on Twitter at @patford.
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