Many pastors feel pushed towards church growth, but they don’t feel like they get the help they need from church leaders when that growth fails to materialize. Which it doesn’t for over 90 percent of pastors and churches, no matter how much they want it, or how hard they work, pray, and follow all the church growth advice they can find.
So I’ve written a starter list for church growth proponents and denominational officials. When it comes to helping small church pastors, please consider these six principles:
1. Stop equating size with health
Big churches are great. But size is not the only (or even the best) indicator of health.
2. Stop pushing hurting churches to get bigger