Z–4:10 Network

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!

CONTACTS 

 

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Ed McCallum, Assistant Stated Clerk
407-930-4273
ed.mccallum@epc.org

Z–4:10 NETWORK LEADERSHIP TEAM
Rob Buchanan
EPC of Elkton
Elkton, VA
540-298-2120

Tommy Jordan
Sylvania Presbyterian Church
Ward, AR
501-843-7979

Ken Jones
Grace EPC
Franklin, NC
828-369-6800

Fred Lian
GracePoint Community Church
Littleton, CO
303-798-6387

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LINKS OF INTEREST 

 

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.


Other helpful and interesting links for small church ministries:

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RESOURCES 

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

  • The Healthy Small Church: Diagnosis and Treatment for the Big Issues
    Dennis Bickers
    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 
    Ron Crandall
    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
    Arlin Rothauge
    New York: The Episcopal Church (Education for Mission and Ministry Office), 1983. Available online.
  • Small Congregation, Big Potential: Ministry in the Small Membership Church
    Lyle Schaller
    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


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