—January seminar at two locations, Princeton Seminary and
Stony Point, New York, will discuss the strengths of small churches —
NJ, December 14, 2011–Princeton Theological Seminary’s School of
Christian Vocation and Mission (SCVM) is offering a one-day seminar on
“Leveraging the Strengths of the Small Church.” Offered at two locations, the
seminar will take place on Monday, January 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the
SCVM, 20 Library Place in Princeton, and on Tuesday, January 10 from 8:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York.
church leaders are preoccupied with numbers of visitors, members, and
conversions, with the assumption that the primary goal is to increase their
congregation’s size, but most churches are small and will always be. This
seminar is designed to encourage leaders of small churches, and to convince
them that their congregations play an instrumental role in the Kingdom of God,
precisely because they are small.
O’Brien, the author of The Strategically
Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective, and
editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, will speak. He has written
articles and reviews, and conducted interviews for Leadership Journal, Christianity
Today, Relevant, Neue, and the Out of Ur blog, as well as pastored two small Baptist congregations
in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He holds an M.A. in religion in American life from
Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois, and is currently a
doctoral student in historical theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
in Deerfield, Illinois.
cost for the Princeton program is $60, which includes lunch. Groups of two or
more from the same church may register for only $35 each. The cost for the Stony
Point program is $20, and is underwritten by the Marlboro (New York)
Presbyterian Church Seminar on Small Church Ministry, Princeton Theological
Seminary, and Hudson River Presbytery’s Congregational Change Committee. For registration
and more details, visit www.ptsem.edu/cvm, call
609.497.7990, or email [email protected].
Theological Seminary was founded in 1812 as the first seminary established by
the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Celebrating its Bicentennial
in 2012, it is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than
500 students in six graduate degree programs.