The Parish Paper

For many years, Blackhawk Presbytery subscribed to The Parish Paper, a monthly newsletter of ideas and insights for active congregations co-edited by Rev. Dr. Dana Horrell, and Dr. Cynthia Woolever. These issues are the final ones published.

Message from the Publishers: Thank You, Loyal Subscribers
When Lyle S. Schaller founded The Parish Paper in 1971, he did so believing that helping church leaders ask the right questions led to better decision making. Herb Miller, the subsequent editor, brought a commitment to small-church vitality and a belief that stewardship fueled generosity. The next editor, Cynthia Woolever, a sociologist specializing in religion, brought a data-driven perspective from her research of U.S. congregations. Dana Horrell, the current editor, brings a commitment to parish ministry and grounded experience from decades of pastoral leadership. From the beginning, The Parish Paper’s business model has been reprint-rights: one subscription with multiple copies for a church or judicatory. That model fit well for the age of the mimeograph and the monthly packet of photocopied information sheets sent out by the judicatory office. However, the rise of the Internet, the invention of the iPhone, and the dominance of social media have rendered this model obsolete. Consequently, this is the final edition of The Parish Paper. We thank the loyal subscribers who have been part of this ministry.

Blackhawk Presbytery’s purchase of photocopy rights for The Parish Paper includes:

  • Permission to provide copies to our staff and the congregations within our presbytery in any of the following ways: E-mail, Postal, newspaper, newsletter, meetings, training events, and our Website.
  • Permission for each congregation within our presbytery to (a) photocopy or electronically distribute for local use as many copies as it needs, (b) post them on its Website, and (c) quote sentences and paragraphs.

Congregations do NOT have permission (a) to delete the copyright notice on page 2; (b) to re-write, paraphrase, or change the wording of sentences and paragraphs; or (c) to give ANY THIRD PARTY—other than staff and constituents—permission to photocopy or reprint (in any quantity, no matter how small, whether for free distribution or for sale).

Your mission contribution to Blackhawk Presbytery made this service possible.

Download these issues:

Date
Info

06/01/22
2022 June – Small Groups are the Church’s Past and Future
06/01/22

05/01/22
2022 May – Reaching Out to Low-Income Neighbors
05/01/22

04/01/22
2022 April – New Life for Older Buildings
04/01/22

03/01/22
2022 March – Bringing a Community Project into Focus
03/01/22

12/03/21
2022 February-Prepare for Community Engagement through Study
12/03/21

12/02/21
2022 January-Planning the Future by Appreciating the Past
12/02/21

12/01/21
2021 December-How to Plan a Community Project
12/01/21

11/01/21
2021 November-Thinking Flexibly About Our Buildings
11/01/21

Free Resources on The Parish Paper website including:

  • Many free back issues
  • How to Accomplish Effective Congregational Planning
  • The Powerful Invisible Influence of Core Values
  • The Secret of Abundant Living
  • Planning and Leading a Miracle Sunday Campaign
    Church Effectiveness Nuggets–34 volumes