Small church realities -- Biblical principles to consider -- What are the current relevant trends in North America? -- Steps for gathering and training the team -- Introduction to preaching and pastoral care -- Selecting the sermon text and making hospital visits -- Strengthening sermon preparation, presenting the sermon and making absentee visits -- How to conclude a sermon well and make crisis visits -- How to use a sermon series and how to avoid a visitation disaster -- Creating pastoral ministry teams to improve preaching and visitation.
Appendices : Training course overview -- Syllabus for developing leadership teams in the bivocational church -- Peer evaluation form for visitation role plays -- Evaluation form for student mini-sermons -- Pastoral visit evaluation form -- Church sermon assessment tool.
It is often necessary for pastors of small churches to work another job in addition to serving their church, leaving them in danger of burnout if some of their duties are not delegated to others. Terry W. Dorsett provides concise and effective guidance for small-church congregations and pastors looking to build and strengthen their leadership teams. --from publisher description