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Being a mustard-seed church

"Nothing is wrong with smallness if that smallness is chock-full of faithfulness," writes Whitney Wilkinson Arreche.

Book Reviews

Outlook Features

Reviving Goodwill

The school in Mayesville, South Carolina, once had a prominent space in the community’s heart. A group of alumni are working hard to renew its mission.

Discussion guide

Discussion guide for January 2024 issue

In each issue of the Outlook, we include a discussion guide to further reflect on the issue. We recommend using this guide in your Bible study, small group or book club. It's our invitation into a faithful conversation.


Small is beautiful

"Church vitality is more about spirit than size, and small churches across the country often serve as hubs of connection for small towns and rural areas." — Teri McDowell Ott

Faithful conversations

Black Presbyterian leadership and churches

The whole church is in decline, but more than 80% of Black Presbyterian churches are without installed pastors. Warren Lesane Jr., Shavon Starling-Louis, Stephen Scott and Teri McDowell Ott discuss vital Black leadership.

Insights columns

I was made for this

"It feels like resurrection." Small church member Beth Bradshaw reflects on the ups and downs of attending a church in a small town.

Outlook Horizons Studies

Outlook Reporting

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