Small Church Initiative

The Small Church Initiative Team’s mission is to resource the Small Church to experience Spiritual transformation in every person, every church, and in every neighborhood.

Our Church Revitalization Initiatives team hosted an informative conversation on counting online attendance. If you’re one of the thousands of pastors and church leaders asking this question, this video gives some great guidance and information. Ralph Neighbour and Roger Byrd host Sabina Brady (online chat host), Cory Smith (Pastor of Spiritual Life/Creative director at The…

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February 23, 2021

All employers in California, including churches, must file by June 30. 2022 with CalSavers, a retirement plan for employees whose employers do not offer a qualified retirement savings plan. Launched in July 2019, all employers with five or more employees must register with the CalSavers program. The registration deadline is based on the number of…

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February 16, 2021

California Southern Baptist Convention provides an online resume and search committee service for ministers and search teams. Ministers may submit their resume and biographical information online, which is shared with inquiring congregations according to the minister’s instructions. CSBC also provides biographical information on prospective ministers to inquiring pastor search teams. Search committees should complete the…

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February 15, 2021

Core Initiatives


The Small Church Initiative is led by those who have been, or are, Small Church Pastors and wives. Knowing the struggles, challenges, and rewards of Small Church ministry allows us to immediately get to the core values and issues you face daily, as a Small Church Leader. To encourage you in your journey with Christ, as you shepherd those in your life.


We strive to provide the most specific and relevant content for you to utilize in your context and culture. The resources provided are all vetted through a process of appropriate content, specific to the Small Church, doctrinally sound and Biblically based. The content ranges from the practical, (How-To’s) to the intangibles, (Small Church metrics, Spiritual assessments, etc.).

Small Church Leadership Profile

The Small Church Initiative has developed the Small Church Leadership Profile (SCLP). This profile is a matrix of characteristics and attributes of leadership in the Small Church. The profile is a three-dimensional representation of the skills Small Church Pastors, wives and leaders require to adequately address the unique qualities of the smaller church environment.

Dynamic Spiritual Life Matrix

The Dynamic Spiritual Life Matrix (DSLM) is a visual representation of the “flow” of being Spiritually transformed. From prior knowing Jesus, salvation, and then sanctification, the DSLM simply assists the individual in being a disciple of Jesus, and also benefits the discipler in facilitating the journey.

The DSLM is Biblically based, placing value on both the theological and the practical. It is neither time restricted nor programmatic in its structure. It is simple in its concept and theory, but complex and intricate in its application.

Small Church Leadership Academy

The Small Church Leadership Academy is formed to study the primary characteristics and attributes of both the Small Church Leader, and the Small Church environment, which is directly associated with the formation and maturing of the leader.

This academy is designed to assist with profiles of courage and innovation in the field of Small Church Pastoring. These profiles are built upon real-world case studies, data collected from both survey and observed behavior and skills.

Training Triangle

To ensure that the DSLM is clearly understood in application, we have developed the Training Triangle. This easy to follow guide allows anyone to keep track of their Spiritual Growth and how they, in turn, can disciple others.