Entries by Small Church Central

Karl Vaters 1: Big Churches vs. Small Churches

The following is from Chris Bolinger’s fall 2015 interview with Karl Vaters, whose 2012 book The Grasshopper Myth has led to a twice-weekly Christianity Today blog and frequent speaking engagements…in addition to his many responsibilities as the pastor of a church of around 200. That church is in what Vaters calls the Megachurch Central region of […]

Churches Band Together to Reach Their Community for Christ

Once a vibrant part of a manufacturing corridor that extended from Pittsburgh to Detroit, the Warren-Youngstown area of northeast Ohio has been struggling economically since the steel mills and other manufacturing plants declined and closed a generation ago. Halfway between Warren and Youngstown is Girard, a town of fewer than 10,000 people. In early 2012, […]

Reaching Men, Part 3: Man-Friendly Music and Sermons

This series is comprised of excerpts from Chris Bolinger’s interview with David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to Church and three other books. For the complete interview with Murrow, pick up a copy of Today’s Vital Church, Volume 1. For more insight from Murrow, visit http://churchformen.com or pick up a copy of one of […]

Reaching Men, Part 1: Why Men Struggle in Church

This series is comprised of excerpts from Chris Bolinger’s interview with David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to Church and three other books. For the complete interview with Murrow, pick up a copy of Today’s Vital Church, Volume 1. For more insight from Murrow, visit http://churchformen.com or pick up a copy of one of […]

Members Open Up in Lenten Devotional

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Cortland, Ohio – now part of Faith Lutheran Parish – produced its first Lenten devotional in 2009. Many churches produce 40-day devotionals for Lent, even though it is a fairly challenging endeavor. The effort at Prince of Peace has been led by a layperson, Carole Wiley, who in 2009 […]