Did you know that six out of ten EPC churches meet with fewer than 200 people each Sunday, or that four out of every ten meet with less than 100? The Z–4:10 Network was formed to affirm, equip and encourage the leaders of these "small steeple" churches, and assist them in understanding their ministries missionally, discerning their church's unique strengths and gifts, and reaching their communities.
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Z–4:10 stands for Zechariah 4:10, "For who has despised the day of small things?" Scripture reveals a God who works in remarkable ways in unexpected places. Those places might be the smaller churches of the EPC. Following Phill Butler's definition of a network as described in his book Well Connected, the Z–4:10 Network is a way to facilitate ongoing communication and information sharing, thereby helping EPC small-church leaders serve and lead their congregations and communities more effectively.
The Z–4:10 Network operates under five assumptions:
- A church has worth and significance because it is a people of God, not because of its size.
- In determining ministry success, being a missional church is more important than size.
- Lack of growth in a church, regardless of size, may or may not be indicative of missional unfaithfulness and must be honestly addressed.
- Solutions to issues in a small church may be different than those in a larger setting.
- Leaders of small churches will benefit from connections with peers, mentors, and coaches.
In addition to the Z–4:10 Network resources below, the Small Church Network Fund provides resources to develop programs, purchase leadership training materials, and assist leaders of small churches with financial need to attend regional conferences that will affirm the small church in its missional purpose and practice. Would you prayerfully consider how you can help us raise $5,000 in 2015 to help our many Z–4:10 churches? Click here to join in this partnership (in the "designation" pulldown menu, choose Pastoral and Chaplain Projects, then Small Church Network (479). Thank you!
The Z–4:10 Network is in its infancy, begun with the conviction that it will grow best from the ground up, as leaders connect in various and meaningful ways. For more information, click here to download the Z–4:10 Network announcement letter. If you are a leader of a small church, we invite you to contact us and get involved!
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Ed McCallum, Assistant Stated Clerk
Z–4:10 NETWORK LEADERSHIP TEAM
EPC of Elkton
Sylvania Presbyterian Church
GracePoint Community Church
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We recommend that all churches, regardless of size, have an online presence. Whether a standalone website or a simple page on the various social media platforms such as Facebook, your website is how many potential visitors will first find you. The following links will take you to the websites of some of the EPC's small churches. If you'd like your EPC congregation listed here, please contact us.
- Christ Fellowship Church, Ft. Collins, CO
- Cornerstone Bible Church, St. Petersburg, FL
- EPC of Elkton, Elkton, VA
- First Presbyterian Church, Opelika, AL
- GracePoint Community Church, Littleton, CO
- New Hope EPC, Pittsburgh, PA
- Stonebridge EPC, Perrysburg, OH
Other helpful and interesting links for small church ministries:
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- The Healthy Small Church: Diagnosis and Treatment for the Big Issues
Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2005
- The Little Church that Could: Raising Small Church Esteem
Steven E. Burt and Hazel Ann Roper
Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2000
- Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation
Kennon L. Callahan
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000
- Turnaround Strategies for the Small Church
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995
- Shepherding the Small Church: A Leadership Guide for the Majority of Today's Churches
Glen C. Daman
Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2002
- Leading the Small Church: How to Develop a Transformational Ministry
Glen C. Daman
Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2006
- Dynamics of Small Town Ministry
Lawrence W. Farris
Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2000
- Inside the Small Church
Anthony G. Pappas
Herndon, Virginia: The Alban Institute, 2002
- Sizing Up a Congregation for New Member Ministry
New York: The Episcopal Church (Education for Mission and Ministry Office), 1983. Available online.
- Small Congregation, Big Potential: Ministry in the Small Membership Church
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003
- Left Behind in a Megachurch World: How God Works Through Ordinary Churches
Ruth A. Tucker
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006
DOWNLOADABLE EPC RESOURCES
CHILDREN'S CURRICULUM FOR THE SMALL CHURCH
OTHER INTERESTING READING
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