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Leveraging the Strengths of Small Churches

A One-Day Seminar offered in two locations

January 9, 2012 - Monday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
School of Christian Vocation and Mission, Princeton NJ

January 10, 2012 - Tuesday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Stony Point Center, Stony Point NY


Church leaders are preoccupied with “numbers”--of visitors, members, and conversions. This is due in part to an assumption that the primary goal of the local church is increasing its size. Statistically speaking, though, most churches are small and always will be. This seminar is designed to encourage leaders of small churches that their congregation plays an instrumental role in the Kingdom of God, not despite but precisely because of its size.

In this seminar you will have an opportunity to:

  • Discover what the New Testament teaches about church growth
  • Identify criteria other than “numbers” for measuring the health and success of the local church
  • Identify the inherent strengths of the small congregation
  • Discuss ways of leveraging these strengths in your local ministry context


Brandon O'Brien is the author of The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective, and the editor-at-large for Leadership journal. He has written articles and reviews and conducted interviews for Leadership, Christianity Today, Relevant, Neue and the Out of Ur blog. Brandon pastored two small Baptist congregations in Arkadelphia, Arkansas--first a small rural church and then a small store-front church in town. He then earned the M.A. in Religion in American Life from Wheaton College Graduate School. He is now a doctoral student in historical theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he studies American Christian history. Brandon’s wife, Amy, is Minister of Christian Education at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Warrenville, IL. Brandon is a deacon, serves on the worship committee, and regularly gets roped into other responsibilities, as happens in smaller churches.


Registration for the seminar at Princeton is $60, including lunch. Groups of two or more from the same church may register for only $35 per person.

Registration for the seminar at Stony Point Center is $20, including lunch.

Princeton Seminary is committed to providing an easy registration experience. To this extent, while in the process of upgrading the registration software, please use this fillable form. At the bottom of the form, please be sure to indicate your program’s name. Your completed form may be:

  • + returned via postal mail,
  • + submitted via fascimile (to 609-497-0709),
  • + e-mailed as an attachment to [email protected], or
  • + called in via the telephone (to 609-497-7990, please leave a message).

All registrations will be processed on January 2, 2012, so it is possible to faithfully register for 2012 programs with 2011 funds.

Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering.

If you have further questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail [email protected]