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Growing Small Churches

In trying to grow healthy churches across the UK, smaller churches may not often get much attention. This event is a day conference to help smaller churches look at their own situations and ask how they can grow. The focus of the day will be three key questions: How can we make an impact in our evangelism? How can we develop leadership and direction in the church? What can we learn for our situation from cross-cultural mission across the world? Each day concludes with a Q&A session.

Nigel Hoad of AGBC (South East) Home Mission will lead the first session on ‘Can a church like us do evangelism?’ In what ways should a small church best use its time in reaching out to their community? What is realistic when there are fewer people to do the work? How can we best make an impact, and connect the gospel with our friends?

Barry King (Grace Baptist Partnership) will look at the vital issue of leadership. How can a small church identify and train new leaders from among its members? What if the church doesn’t have a pastor? How should they go about establishing a part-time or full-time ministry? It is often a failure to identify gifted leaders, give them room to test and develop their gifts and release them into service that holds back the development of small churches.

Jim Sayers (GBM) will talk about how small churches can learn from world mission. How is it that we can be zealous in supporting and praying for pioneer missionaries on the other side of the world, but neglect mission in our own town or village? In Acts 1:8, the Great Commission began in Jerusalem, and spread to the ends of the earth, but Acts also tells the story of how that world mission came back to transform the church in Jerusalem. What can a small church learn from cross-cultural mission?

The next ‘Growing small churches’ event is at Diss Baptist Church in Norfolk on Thursday 27 April, 11:00am-4:00pm. You can download the leaflet, which includes the programme for the day, here.   

If you would like to come, admission is free, but please let us know you are coming by completing our contact form here.

Talks given at the Wiltshire ‘Growing small churches’ day can be downloaded here:


Nigel Hoad

Recordings from the “Growing Smaller Churches” event.


Barry King

Recordings from the “Growing Smaller Churches” event.


Jim Sayers

Recordings from the “Growing Smaller Churches” event.