Small, Struggling Churches Look Outside Their Walls to Attract More Members

By Lindsay Corcoran

Struggling with dwindling attendance, building maintenance challenges and the task of keep a staff to help fund the future, small churches are looking outside of their own walls to reach people in new ways to grow their congregations.

Don Remick, an associate conference minister for the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ that includes over 380 churches in the state, has been working for the last 30 years with small churches – defined as having a congregation of 75 or fewer members – to help them grow.

Remick said the decline in church attendance has affected every denomination in the last 10 years.

“I think there are many lessons that we have to learn from that,” Remick said. “A piece of that is the perception that the church isn’t relevant, that it’s boring or out of touch, or that it imposes beliefs or politics on people.”

Remick said his denomination and others have focused on reaching outward in an effort to combat this impression.

Continue reading the full article on the MetroWest Daily News here… 

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