There’s a lot going on in Small Churches, and in the ministry of New Small Church. So, if you’re wondering where to start, this preview of essential posts will give you a good idea of what we’re about. And what we’re not about.
Scan the titles and excerpts, then click to read more. They’re listed by the order they were written, but each one stands on its own, so you can read them in any order you’d like.
This is a big, bonus look inside the pages of The Grasshopper Myth. It’s a sneak peek at the first half of the first chapter (about 7 pages worth). If you’re wondering whether-or-not to buy, read or recommend The Grasshopper Myth to someone, this should help you decide. >> Read More (Listen to the PODCAST)
So you’re a Small Church pastor. Me too. Have you ever felt like that’s not enough? Me too. Today I have good news for both of us. Your church is big enough. Right now. Today. At its current size. Your church is big enough to do what Jesus has called you to do, and to be who he has called you to be. >> Read More (Listen to the PODCAST)
Encouraging, Connecting & Equipping Innovative Small Church Leaders. Eight words. Eight simple words that can transform your church, your ministry and your life. How do I know that? Because the principles behind those eight words helped transform my life and my church from being defeated, wounded and sad to being strong, healthy and joyous. >> Read More (Listen to the PODCAST)
Let’s not fall into the trap of bashing someone else to try and feel better about ourselves. It’s not right. And it doesn’t even work. Bashing others is not a way to find common ground. And if it was, the ground wouldn’t be very stable. Loving Small Churches doesn’t mean hating megachurches. We should be cooperating, not competing. There’s room – and a need – for everyone. >> Read More
There’s growing evidence that this new generation will bring the greatest opportunity for Small Church ministry in 2,000 years. But this opportunity comes with one, big condition. They won’t give up quality to gain intimacy. And they shouldn’t have to. >> Read More
Here’s why my church will never break through the 200 barrier. It’s the one thing none of us wants to admit. But someone needs to say it out loud. I stink at it. I’m not gifted, skilled or fulfilled at managing systems as my primary method of doing ministry. Why haven’t I adapted those methods to help my church break the 200 barrier? Believe me, I tried. … And I nearly killed my spirit and my church in the process. >> Read More
Over half the Christians on earth are involved in churches with less than 200 people in them. Which means more than one billion people choose to worship God in Small Churches. Small Churches are not small because of human weakness, lack of planning or short-term vision. Small Churches are not a problem. Small Churches are an essential element in a divine strategy. >> Read More
No more excuses. It’s time for Small Churches to become great churches. If that sounds intimidating, it doesn’t need to. Your Small Church has everything it needs to achieve greatness right now. You don’t need to wait for permission, or even inspiration. We already have the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Here are five principles any Small Church can use to achieve greatness. >> Read More
Grow or close. So many Small Church pastors feel the pressure to do one or the other. But there’s a third option. It’s been sitting in front of us all along, but a lot of us have been so obsessed with “grow it or close it” we’ve overlooked this alternative. Option 3: Help Struggling Small Churches Become Healthy Small Churches . >> Read More
I refuse to idealize Small Churches. There’s not an ounce of nostalgia in me for some long-lost, non-existent, good-old-days when everyone attended a little white chapel and all was right with the world. In fact, one of the unwritten rules we follow regarding the photos for NewSmallChurch.com is No Little White Chapels Allowed. (I guess it’s not unwritten any more.) >> Read More
We need to retire the 200 Barrier from our church leadership lexicon. It makes some dangerous assumptions, starting with the assumption that over 200 is better than under 200. But the Grasshopper Barrier is a toxic mindset that keeps churches and pastors from recognizing The Grasshopper Myth for the lie that it is. >> Read More
Big and megachurches are great. They deserve our prayers and support, not second-guessing, jealousy and ridicule. But, as valuable as they are, large congregations are not where most people receive the bulk of their spiritual nourishment. Most of that is happening in millions of small congregations all over the world. >> Read More
For four decades, we’ve been told that if your church is not growing numerically, you’re failing. But that denies so much evidence. Evidence that very clearly indicates that growing a big congregation is not inevitable. It’s not common. And it’s not required by God to be a faithful pastor. >> Read More
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