History and Goals

The Association of Smaller Congregations (ASC) of the Synod of South Atlantic, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was organized in April 1987 by a group of visionaries led by the late Rev. Foster Edwards, a PC(USA) minister in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

This group sought to create an organization which would:

  • encourage and support smaller congregations,
  • promote awareness of the unique strengths and needs of smaller congregations,
  • provide opportunities for fellowship, education, and creative thinking and sharing between smaller congregations, and
  • facilitate communication between churches, presbyteries, and higher governing bodies.

All churches and their members within the ecclesiastical bounds of the Synod of South Atlantic, having 200 or fewer members are considered as members of the ASC.

It is the hope of every member of the board that our organization will serve to support the life and ministry of the smaller congregations in the Synod of the South Atlantic.  We hope to do this through worship, fellowship, education and prayer for the people of these congregations and for their pastors.