Small Church Gatherings Update

Creating faithful and thriving churches through fellowship, storytelling, building relationships and identifying resources, all while attending to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Upcoming Small Church Gatherings

Tuesday, February 28
at Rumble Arts Gallery Hosted By Grace Commons
3413 West North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Tuesday March 20
in Edgewater Hosted by Edgewater Presbyterian Church
1020 West Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660-4699

Tuesday April 17
in Carol Stream Hosted by Heritage Presbyterian Church
965 North Kuhn Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188-9226

We will gather from 12:00 PM – 2 PM and have fellowship, conversation and share resources over brown bag lunches. Drinks will be provided.

Last Time at Small Church Gathering
We gathered at Friendship Presbyterian Church in January and had a great discussion on neighborhood outreach, retaining and following up with visitors and what it means to be a small and yet thriving conversation.
We watched this video clip from our PC(USA) Vice Moderator Landon Whitsitt who challenges the notion that all we need is more “butts in the seats”. 
Great Food for Thought!
See you in February!
Debbie and Shawna
(Co-Facilitators of our Small Church Gathering)

About Small Church:

The Small Church Gathering is a group of Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders and other Church Leaders that meet together monthly. This group grew out of a deep need for folks who are leading small churches to gather together for fellowship, support, brainstorming, storytelling and sharing resources.

Each meeting will have time dedicated to  fellowship and building relationships with one another as well as a focused topic that is suggested in prior meetings by group participants. If you have ideas for topics please share them!

In the future this group will alternate meeting times and will be hosted in churches so that it is available for those who are not able to come during business hours and accessible to as many as possible. If you have questions or suggestions please email one of the co-facilitators, Shawna Bowman or Debbie Dennis.

This group is supported by the COM and Develop Congregations as well as Empower Ministry. It is the culmination of these groups efforts at supporting small church ministry and it has grown organically out of the need felt by the pastors and leaders of small churches who face the particular joy and challenges of small congregational leadership.

If you are a pastor or leader in a small congregation (worshiping less than 100 on a Sunday) please consider joining us in November. If you know of someone who would be interested in joining us please pass along this invitation. If you would like to be removed from this contact list please email Shawna Bowman at

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