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How to Grow Church Leaders in a Small Congregation

How does a small, rural congregation in an impoverished area of North Carolina inspire so many members to engage in mission and leadership? The Rev. Jeremy Troxler, director of Duke Divinity School’s Thriving Rural Communities initiative, explains: “The [Sandy Plains United Methodist] Church may not be using the language of ‘leadership development,’ but that’s exactly what it’s doing.” In an inspiring article housed on the website of Faith & Leadership, an online offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, Cherry Crayton explores the deeply rooted practices of 85-member Sandy Plains UMC, which has successfully raised several generations of leaders from its Lumbee Indian tribe membership. Read the article and use the accompanying reflection questions to stimulate thought and conversation among your congregation’s leadership team and members about growing church leaders in small congregations.

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