Susan Beaumont is a consultant, author, coach, and spiritual director with Susan Beaumont and Associates ( She is author of Inside the Large Congregation (Alban, 2011).

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Traditionally, worship has been regarded as the primary venue through which individuals enter the life of a congregation. In The Inviting Church (Alban, 1987, 74-75),…