I had another one of those “only in a Small Church” moments last Sunday. The positive kind. As I was shaking hands at the door after the service, I chatted with a man who’s been attending for a few weeks. He told me he was thinking about making us his permanent church home, but he had
The #1 factor that determines whether-or-not someone comes to faith in Jesus has nothing to do with the size of our church. It has nothing to do with our denominational preference. And it has less to do with our theology than I wish it did. It’s this. Do they like the Christians they know? After all,
I did not leverage my time well this week. It was wasted in personal pastoral care. Over a dozen hours were squandered in pastoral counseling – marriage, pre-marriage, divorce recovery, and some harrowing life challenges that they wouldn’t share with anyone but their pastor. I lost additional hours helping a new believer sort out the next steps in their spiritual life.
Wouldn’t it be great if every local church and every ministry within each church was vital, valuable and meeting real needs? Certainly a 100% success record is not possible. It’s not even desirable, since we learn as much through our failures as our successes. But increasing our batting average on successful ministries is always a
Effective leaders always seek wise advice and counsel. In Small Churches, there’s a huge temptation for pastors to treat everyone’s advice as though it has equal value. We’re often told that getting everyone’s input is the only fair way to do things. Some Small Churches even require congregational votes on almost every decision. It’s hard for me to imagine a