Small Church Vitality:

Designing for the New Norm

A Presbytery of Arkansas Workshop


Two-thirds of the congregations in the PCUSA have fewer than 100 members – they are the New Norm!

Is your church searching for what your New Norm will look like post-pandemic?

Are you concerned about sustainability even as you fear you are on a slow road of decline?

Then you are part of the New Norm!

Curious about new sustainable models?

Looking for peer support with those in your same situation?

Wondering what the data is saying about this changing arena?

Interested in resources to build your skills for this ministry?

Arkansas Presbytery has a new opportunity for pastors and congregations living in this growing reality. Join us for 4 monthly zoom gatherings on the second Thursdays - October 14, November 11, December 9, and January 13 - to dive into the world of Adaptive Change, led by The Rev. Deborah Wright, Principal of PneuMatrix. Our journey together over the four months will include the following:

·     Looking at the Geography of our Reality

·     Discovering & Embracing our church’s DNA

·     Obstacles and Opportunities

·     ‘Serving with Imagination’ – the Hackathon.

Each meeting will be a 90-minute Zoom gathering from 11:00am until 12:30pm. If you have read Tod Bolsinger’s Canoeing the Mountains, we will refer often to his Lewis & Clark Expedition analogy as it informs exploring the journey forward for your church.


This series is intended for clergy, CREs and lay leaders whose congregations are about 100 or smaller. 


We are the New Norm . . . So, let’s design for it!

Click here to register. Direct questions to Julie Price at or 501-626-6477.

Our Speaker/Leader

DEBORAH LONDON WRIGHT, Principal, PneuMatrix  Ordained by the PC(USA) in 1978, Deborah London Wright has specialized in adaptive change management, strategic planning, program development, and Positive Deviance implementation as a Corporate Chaplain. With degrees from Duke University and San Francisco Theological Seminary, she served as Associate Pastor of Calvary SF, was appointed to the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness, Trustee of the Presbyterian Foundation, adjunct faculty at SFTS, host of the KPIX-TV talk show Mosaic, and Director of Major Gifts at SFTS. Following Ph.D. studies at the GTU, she formed Avalon Enterprises, a consultancy practice in funds development, corporate chaplaincy, strategic planning, and project management for NGOs in religion, education, healthcare, and film. She has been a grant administrator and grant evaluator and has taught Adaptive Change Leadership, applying Positive Deviance Theory in her practice. Clients have included The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Google, Kaiser Permanente, the PC(USA), the Murphy Cancer Foundation, Callaway Leadership Institute, and Kairos USA. In 2011 she and Jim Kitchens launched PneuMatrix to bring Adaptive Change Leadership to Presbyteries and congregations. Innovative business models for entrepreneurial non-profits have been the hallmark of Ms. Wright’s career.