That quote has been repeated many times as an undisputed Church Growth Movement truism.
But it’s inside-out.
My church isn’t small because I make Small Church choices.
I make Small Church choices because my church is small.
And I plan to keep on doing that.
Stay Close and Personal
I prepare every Sunday message with all the prayer, study and passion I have. I deliver that message with all the skill I’m capable of. I use illustrations, photos, video clips, humor and personal anecdotes when appropriate.
Because of that preparation, I could take virtually any message I’ve given to my church of 200 and deliver it as-is to a church of 2,000 or 20,000 and not one person would walk away thinking “that was a Small Church message.”
But I also know enough about speaking to people that I wouldn’t deliver it in exactly the same way to a crowd of 20 as I would to 200 or 2,000.