Knowing that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is investing tens of thousands of dollars and professional staff hours with the “1001 New Worshipping Communities” initiative, I wonder where the funding and intentional staff support exists in helping thousands of small congregations in need of revitalization. I know of dozens of rural and urban churches that could use more focused support from the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Are there others who share this concern? Specifically, what is being done to help small struggling congregations deal with huge buildings that drain congregational resources away from evangelism and mission? Who on the national staff is addressing the specific concerns of urban congregations?