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Where everyone probably does know your name

Small congregations

Kirk E. Anderson, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Prescott Valley, Ariz., knows most, if not all, of the parishioners by name and is apt to call on some of them personally during worship. Although he can call some 200 members by name, Anderson doubts he could do it with 400 or more.

“I’m a fan of keeping the church small,” he said. “We’re a relationship-based church, and I like to commune by name. Having a strong sense of community is the foundation upon which we worship, do our outreach and meet in small groups.”

Other pastors and members of small churches nationwide and from Bermuda echoed a similar sentiment.


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