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How do you make a large church warm and personal? Donald Bubna has ten tips that work for him.

Wanted: That Personal Touch

Donald Bubna is a co-pastor of the Salem Alliance Church, Salem, Oregon. That's right, he's a copastor! He and Forrest Schwalm split the responsibilities of senior pastor right down the middle. They minister to a congregation of 700 families and are assisted by a stag of four.

We first met Don through his book Building People (Tyndale, 1978) which describes many of his experiences at Salem Alliance. Excerpts from his book will be appearing in subsequent issues of LEADERSHIP. Don has served at Salem for 15 of his 25 years of ministry.

I hate being treated as a non-person. Recently I corresponded with a computer for almost three months trying to correct an error with a magazine subscription. It was utter frustration. Today's electronic gadgetry makes us an ever-growing, impersonal society. Meanwhile, people are shouting for recognition, and "me-ism" flourishes. The larger church must face this issue or it too will be written off as just another impersonal institution. ...

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