120 episodes

The only podcast for volunteers in small churches and those who lead them, this show is about embracing small church ministry for what it should be - a unique place where God is already at work. Founder of Small Church Ministry, Laurie Acker, shares why large church strategies don’t work in small churches and how to get moving on what does. Each episode dives into creative solutions to small church struggles with a mix of inspiration, leadership skills, and actionable next steps to make an impact. Here’s to healthy small church ministry where you have all the volunteers you need to do exactly what God has in mind! Small church ministry isn’t less - but it is different. Small Church Ministry, the World's #1 Resource for Small Churches, includes a top-rated website, a Facebook community spanning 6 continents, free quarterly online conferences, and a small church ministry certification program.

The Small Church Ministry Podcast Laurie Acker

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 69 Ratings

The only podcast for volunteers in small churches and those who lead them, this show is about embracing small church ministry for what it should be - a unique place where God is already at work. Founder of Small Church Ministry, Laurie Acker, shares why large church strategies don’t work in small churches and how to get moving on what does. Each episode dives into creative solutions to small church struggles with a mix of inspiration, leadership skills, and actionable next steps to make an impact. Here’s to healthy small church ministry where you have all the volunteers you need to do exactly what God has in mind! Small church ministry isn’t less - but it is different. Small Church Ministry, the World's #1 Resource for Small Churches, includes a top-rated website, a Facebook community spanning 6 continents, free quarterly online conferences, and a small church ministry certification program.

    120: Why Relationship Comes Before Discipleship With Unchurched Youth | with Pastor Sunny Brown

    120: Why Relationship Comes Before Discipleship With Unchurched Youth | with Pastor Sunny Brown

    Is your smaller church truly a welcome space for all? 

    As idyllic as this sounds, reality often sets in at the first sign of unchurched youth who don’t seem to “know the church rules” or visiting friends who seem difficult or disrespectful. 

    After decades of experience as a pastor, teacher, parent, community leader, and advocate, Sunny Brown joins us on today’s episode with deep wisdom for reaching today’s youth including why relationship comes before discipleship and the importance of answering the question “why” more often than we do.

    Get your FREE ticket to the Small Church KidMin + Youth Ministry Conference!
    https://smallchurchsummits.com/kidmin2024/

    Connect with Pastor Sunny Brown:
    https://www.instagram.com/theeprofessorb/
    https://linktr.ee/sunnysideview


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    Creative Solutions for Small Churches Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/smallchurchministry
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    https://smallchurchsummits.com/kidmin2024/


    Get your FREE ticket to the Small Church KidMin + Youth Ministry Conference!https://smallchurchsummits.com/kidmin2024/

    • 32 min
    119: How To Make All-Age Worship Work (& Why We Should) | with Andrew Pressley

    119: How To Make All-Age Worship Work (& Why We Should) | with Andrew Pressley

    Andrew Pressley joins us in this episode to share his take on all-age worship and why children don’t need a separate worship space for great discipleship.

    As an associate pastor, veteran music minister, and director of KidsCore (a ministry for children's worship and music that is used in small churches all around the world), Andrew shares his heart, wisdom, and extensive experience in how to engage children and youth of all ages in family-friendly worship services where discipleship is both caught and taught.


    Get your FREE ticket to the Small Church KidMin + Youth Ministry Conference!
    https://smallchurchsummits.com/kidmin2024/

    Connect with Andrew Pressley:
    https://kidscoreworship.com/

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    Small Church Network & Academy:  https://smallchurchministry.com/membership/
    Get your FREE ticket to the Small Church KidMin + Youth Ministry Conference!https://smallchurchsummits.com/kidmin2024/

    • 41 min
    118: Children’s Ministry In Small Churches: Here’s The Gift We Have To Offer | with Natalie Frisk

    118: Children’s Ministry In Small Churches: Here’s The Gift We Have To Offer | with Natalie Frisk

    If you think you need more volunteers or more kids, we want you to think again.

    According to children’s ministry expert and professional curriculum writer, Natalie Frisk, with smaller numbers come amazing opportunities.

    After growing up in a small church and then serving as a children’s leader on a large church staff for years, Natalie and her husband find themselves now raising their child in a smaller church - by choice.

    In this episode, she shares what she loves about small churches and the unique ministry opportunities they hold.

    Listen in for encouragement, wisdom, and tips to embrace the true gift of small church ministry.

    Connect with Natalie Frisk:
    https://nataliefrisk.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/natalie.j.frisk
    https://twitter.com/NatalieFrisk
    Raising Disciples: How to Make Faith Matter for Our Kids


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    • 38 min
    117: 7 Things To Do When You're Tired Of Church Ministry

    117: 7 Things To Do When You're Tired Of Church Ministry

    How are you feeling about ministry right now? 

    I hope you’re feeling fantastic! 

    But if you’re not, I’ve been there. In fact, if we’re being honest, we all have. 

    Instead of beating yourself up for losing your passion or (worse yet) pressing through hoping it’ll get better, listen in for practical steps to give your ministry mood a lift. 

    Perfect for personal application or to share with team members, the seven ideas include a few easy pivots as well as a couple of major shifts.


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    • 22 min
    116: Why Celebrating Mother's Day In Church Is Complicated

    116: Why Celebrating Mother's Day In Church Is Complicated

    Mother’s Day is complicated. 

    For some, it’s a special day to honor a mom who was there when we needed her most or at least did the best she could. For others, Mother’s Day is a painful reminder of loss, unmet needs, and sometimes tragic memories. 

    It can also be a slap in the face if the role of mother is held up as ideal fulfillment, where non-mothers are pitied or perceived as “less-than” with upended priorities. 

    What’s a church to do with this largely celebrated secular holiday?

    Listen in to hear:
    Why Mother’s Day is more complicated than in years past, and why it mattersPros and cons of celebrating this non-church holiday in your churchHow to offer compassionate care in the midst of a largely celebrative holidaySpecific tips for meaningful ministry to children & youth around Mother’s Day

    Prayer Idea
    https://stalbanscme.com/2019/04/16/inclusive-mothering-sunday-prayer-ideas/

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    Get the Tea Party Bundle Vol. 1
    Get your FREE ticket to the Small Church KidMin + Youth Ministry Conference!https://smallchurchsummits.com/kidmin2024/

    • 29 min
    115: Recruit & Retain More Volunteers: Make These 5 Changes To Your Volunteer Environment

    115: Recruit & Retain More Volunteers: Make These 5 Changes To Your Volunteer Environment

    If your small church needs more volunteers, you’re not alone. 

    When you’ve tried the sign-up sheets, creative announcements, and personal asks - and you’re still coming up short - it’s time to step back and look at your volunteer environment. 

    Every church has a “volunteer vibe” - and it’s either helping to draw volunteers in or it’s repelling them from coming near. 

    Listen in to hear:
    5 essential elements to create volunteer environments that draw people inHow a limited capacity can be our superpower, not a liabilitySpecific steps to healthier ministry practices, starting todayWhy required ministry breaks lead to stronger teams and more effective ministry
    Check out our Tea Party Bundle Vol. 1:
    https://smallchurchministry.com/teapartybundlevol1

    Rate, Review, & Follow Laurie on Apple Podcasts

    "I love Laurie and The Small Church Ministry Podcast!!" If that's like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps Small Church Ministry support and reach more people -- just like you -- in small churches! Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then, let us know what you loved most about this episode!

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, follow the podcast. This is the best way to stay updated on the new episodes we release weekly. If you’re not following, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on future episodes. Follow now!

    Follow Us:
    Website: https://smallchurchministry.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smallchurchministry/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smallchurchministry
    Creative Solutions for Small Churches Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/smallchurchministry
    Small Church Network & Academy:  https://smallchurchministry.com/membership/
    Get your FREE ticket to the Small Church KidMin + Youth Ministry Conference!https://smallchurchsummits.com/kidmin2024/

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Nannierachel ,

Hope!

Every time I listen to an episode, I have new hope and anticipation for what our small church can accomplish for the Lord. More churches need to hear Laurie’s perspective on what being small actually means (and doesn’t mean!!)

Morning Glory Joni ,

Core Values

This topic is spot on. Thank you for the reminders and for bringing the subject back to the basics which are so easy to forget. I can really hear your heart as you speak.

Mercy hope ,

Great resource!

Love these podcasts. I get so much from them. I now feel like we have staff! Thank you!

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