"The issue of volunteers in the church is a vital one. The crux of the issue is not their availability. It is the manner in which they are recruited, trained, encouraged, supported, and allowed freedom to perform their jobs as ministry. In the church, the vitality of volunteers is directly controlled by the attitudes and feelings of the pastor and church leaders. This book deals with enabling volunteers in the church. Any criticism of pastors or church staff or church leaders in the book is based on the conviction that they have the power to release or inhibit volunteer energy in the church". -- Preface.
Contents: Foreword / Lyle E. Schaller -- Preface -- Volunteers in the Church -- Identifying and Recruiting Volunteers -- Giving Assignments -- Helping Volunteers Plan -- Running Meetings -- Training.
Colophon: Manufactured by the Parthenon Press at Nashville Tennessee, United States of America.
"The stories of seventeen United Church of Christ congregations -- African American and Anglo, Filipino and Hispanic -- from coast to coast that are growing in numbers, program, outreach and devotion". -- back cover.
"This book illustrates in scores of ways how churches that are both sensitive and responsive to the needs of the people, that speak to people on their personal and religious pilgrimage, and that are faithful in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ are neither boring nor irrelevant". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Lyle E. Schaller -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction / Robert L. Burt -- How We Set Ourselves on Fire: First United Church of Christ, Jupiter, Florida / Ned Barnes -- A Black Congregation in a White Church: Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago / Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. -- By Faith Together !: First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio / Barry L. Johnson -- God Will Not Fail: South Haven United Church of Christ, Bedford, Ohio / Martha Swan -- Awaking a Sleeping Giant: First Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, Nebraska / Otis E. Young -- How an Old Historic Church Became New: First Church of Christ, Wethersfield, Connecticut / Donald W. Morgan -- Witness to the Power of the Holy Spirit: Spanish Evangelical Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts / Felix Carrion -- Miracle at the Asylum: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut / James L. Kidd -- A New Church in a New Land: First Filipino-American United Church of Christ, San Bruno, California / Erasto L. Arenas -- Where in Heaven is Angels Camp ?: Union Congregational Church, Angels Camp, California / Ardie Kendig-Higgins -- Journey Toward Interdependence: First Spanish United Church of Christ, Chicago / Samuel Acosta -- Creative Caring in a Growing Church: Immanuel United Church of Christ, Shillington, Pennsylvania / Robert L. Rhoads -- The Power of the Worship Experience in a Growing Church: St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Chicago / Thomas P. Henry -- Building the Beloved Community: Colonial Church of Edina, Edina, Minnesota / Arthur A. Rouner, Jr. -- Growing By Giving Yourself Away: Church of the Beatitudes, Phoenix, Arizona / Culver H. Nelson -- Miracle of Renewal: Mt. Zwingli United Church of Christ, Wadsworth, Ohio / Jerald W. Baker -- Beginning Ministry in a New Parish: First Congregational Church, Appleton, Wisconsin / John T. McFadden -- Postscript / John H. Westerhoff III.
"The origins of this volume can be traced back several years to the urgings of friends to write a book on the life and ministry of the very large church. .... The fourth and most intriguing of these six discoveries was the sudden realization one day back in 1988 that the category I had identified simply as 'the very large church' really was a combination of two groups of large congregations. The first, which has become an endangered species, is the Sunday morning church described in chapter 2. The second group, which is increasing in numbers, is the large and rapidly growing parish that offers an expanding seven-day-a-week program. Some of these programs are clearly community outreach or social service-type ministries, directed at people who never will become members. Most of these weekday and evening ministries, however, also represent attractive entry points for potential future members. The most obvious result of that insight was a change in the theme of this book from 'The Life and Ministry of the Very Large Church' to its present title". -- Intro., p. 11-12.
Contents: Introduction -- The Changing Face of American Christianity -- From Sunday Morning to Seven Days a Week -- Why So Large ? -- Staffing the Full-Service Church -- Who Runs That Big Church ? -- Continuity and Succession -- Clouds and Questions -- Notes.
Contents: Introduction -- What Are Your Priorities ? -- What Are Your Criteria ? -- A Critical Variable -- What Is the Institutional Context ? -- Fifteen Benchmarks -- Who Is the Client ? -- Building in Continuity -- Function, Theme, or Organization ? -- Fifteen Questions for the Sunday School -- Why Have Adult Classes ? -- What is the Role of Parents ? -- What is the Role of the Vacation Bible School ? -- Where are the Men ? -- The Nursery -- Entry Points and Assimilation -- Notes.
Contents: Introduction -- Why Start New Churches ? -- Three Crucial Variables -- Adoptions and Divisions -- The Multi-Site Option -- Where Do We Meet ? -- How Large ? -- Who, Why, and How ? -- Can Alexander Graham Bell Help Us ? -- Should We Use Direct Mail ? -- Twelve Questions on Identity -- Those Pioneer Volunteer Leaders -- The Place of Missions -- Six Questions on Real Estate and Finances -- Why Is Continued Growth So Important ? -- A Denominational Perspective -- Notes.
"Copyright 1985. Fifth printing 1989". -- verso of t.-p.
Companion volume to the author's 'The multiple staff and the larger church' and 'The small church is different'. -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical endnotes.
"Middle-sized churches (100-200 worshippers) have always been unwieldy and difficult to grapple with. They are not close-knit families, like small churches. They are not staff-centered and as highly structured as large churches. Instead, Lyle E. Schaller argues, they are most easily distinguished by their personalities -- no two of which are alike ! So any strategy of ministry or service must be designed to fit the unique characteristics of the congregation. Lyle E. Schaller demonstrates how 'congregational culture' determines church personality. He explores the many problems -- notably poor self-image -- that tend to plague middle-sized churches. And, with a lively and entertaining use of real-life examples, he offers help for dealing with such issues as fellowship, staffing, decision-making and finances". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface / Lyle E. Schaller -- What is the Middle-Sized Church ? -- No Two Are Alike ! -- Six Key Personalities -- Act Your Size ! -- The Awkward-Sized Church -- Financing the Middle-Sized Church -- Notes.
Colophon: Manufactured by the Parthenon Press, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America.
"Copyright 1981. Tenth Printing 1990". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical endnotes.
"Written for both lay and ordained congregational leaders, this timely book diagnoses the causes of church passivity. and formulates a method for combatting the problem. Dr. Schaller classifies churches according to their internal dynamics (rather than denomination or geographical location), and demonstrates how many have overcome the 'twenty-year syndrome' -- that awkward time when relatively new churches tend to lose their sense of direction. He also shows how churches can make a smooth transition from one pastor to another, and now new members can be used in establishing an effective church program". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction -- What is Your Classification System ? -- What is a Passive Church ? -- How Do We Redefine Role ? -- What Are the Alternatives ? -- New Members: Assets or Liabilities ? -- Passivity During the Honeymoon -- What Are Your Assumptions ? -- Notes.
"When all is said and done, however, there are only two, not forty-four, ways to increase attendance in any congregation. One is to increase the frequency of attendance of those who are now attending. .... The second approach is to reach more people. .... Many of the suggestions in this book are designed to increase the frequency of attendance. Others are designed to attract first-time visitors and a few are included to increase the probability that first-time visitors will return the following Sunday". -- Intro., p. 14, 15.
Contents: Introduction -- Being with the Worship Experience -- Review the Schedule -- What Are Your Operational Policies ? -- The Power of Program -- Real Estate Considerations Do Influence Attendance -- Institutional Factors -- What Next ?