"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.