Small churches can be healthy churches.
But how can we know if they’re healthy without the numerical growth to prove it?
If you want to find answers, we need to ask the right questions.
Many pastors wouldn’t attend their own church if they weren’t the pastor.
How do I know? I’ve talked with a lot of them.
Sometimes it’s because the church is unhealthy, dysfunctional, even toxic. But many times it’s because of something far less problematic.
The church isn’t as big, or isn’t growing as fast, as the pastor, the members or the denomination thinks it should be.
“I want to be a training pastor. But how do I find volunteers? What’s the best way to recruit them? Make a general announcement, or ask people one-on-one?”
The best way I’ve found to do this is a simple five-step process:
Ninety percent of the churches on earth are under 200 people. Eighty percent are under 100. There may be no segment of the church that is more normative. But they may also be the most misunderstood.
Here are six truths about small churches that I wish every church leader knew and took into account:
Small churches aren’t just for small towns.
There are thousands of small churches in big cities and sprawling suburbs, too.
But there aren’t enough of them.
Yes, you read that right. The problem with the church in big cities isn’t that we have too many small churches, it’s that we don’t have enough of them.
Big churches in big cities are great. And we need more of them. But big cities also need a lot more healthy, innovative, outward-reaching, God-honoring, neighborhood-blessing small churches.
Why? Because big city people like small churches, too.