Do those words belong in the same sentence? Can innovation happen in a Small Church? Is it even possible in an older Small Church?
Turning a tired, dying congregation into a fresh, innovative church is one of the greatest challenges a pastor can tackle – even if the congregation is in full agreement.
But when the people are resistant or apathetic – well that’s even harder. And there’s no 3-step, 10-step or 365-step plan to guarantee success.
But there are some principles that can get the process started. Principles, not promises.
I made plenty of mistakes trying to turn Cornerstone around, even though the need was obvious and the congregation was willing. Much of that is written in (shameless plug alert!) The Grasshopper Myth. But the Lord helped me find a handful of foundational principles that stood me and my church well as we moved from old, tired and dying, to new, healthy and innovative.
Here are three of them:
1. Connect the Congregation to the Church’s Innovative Heritage
No one starts a church because they have a set of hymns they plan to sing forever. Or because they want to maintain a building. Or because they expect the preacher to do all the work.