The 100 barrier?
The 50 barrier?
Have you ever considered that those numbers may not be barriers at all? If you’re struggling to grow past a certain number, it may not be a problem. It may be God’s way of telling you he wants you to pastor this size of church really well.
In this podcast, with Jeff and Jonny from 200Churches.com, we talk about the content of my post, The Surprising Reason 80% of Churches Will Never Break the 200 Barrier. As it turns out, the main reason for me is that I stink at pastoring a big church. My church grew to almost 400 and I ended up spending most of my time doing things I don’t like and am very bad at, which caused the church to shrink to smaller than it was before the growth started.
In addition to talking about our attempts and failures in church growth and our lingering frustrations with it, we also offer some hope, by discussing what it means finally discover and thrive in our ministry sweet spot.
Some of the subjects we touch on get very personal. They include
- Jeff wanting to answer the question “why are you a Small Church pastor?” with “because I’m a failure! That’s why!”
- What to do when your church isn’t as big as it used to be
- How to know whether to stay or leave when you face ministry limitations and failures
- Why the phrase “200 Barrier” causes more problems than it solves
- and more
In today’s podcast we talk about where the term “200 Barrier” comes from and why 200 (or 100, or 50) isn’t even a barrier to be broken through after all. We also discuss how our obsession with numerical growth has caused many pastors to elevate the ministry gifts of others, while despising our own. But there’s hope too, since we discuss how we can gain freedom over that. (Episode 73 – 36:09 total run time. The interview runs from 5:30 to 30:30 making it about 25 minutes.)
So what do you think? Have you struggled with your own insecurities regarding church growth?
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