I learned a few unexpected lessons on our recent trip to minister to Small Church pastors in Croatia. Most of them happened in the challenges we faced trying to get there. It started with a huge mistake that I made in Germany – filling our diesel car with gasoline (yeah, I know). Then, what should
Today’s post is excerpt from an interview I did for the July/August 2013 “Small Church America” issue of Outreach magazine. You can also find a short excerpt of a different part of the interview on their website. Between the two excerpts, you can read about 50% of the entire interview online. For the rest of it, click here
In my last post, Grow It or Close It? Is There a Third Option for Struggling Small Churches?, we established that there are more options for a struggling Small Church than to grow it or close it. We can help it become a healthy Small Church. But there’s an inevitable question that follows, isn’t there? Namely, how?
“If it’s OK for a church to be small, how do you suggest we measure a church’s success?” Since starting the ministry of New Small Church, I’ve been asked that question more than any other. Maybe more than all other questions combined. At first I didn’t know how to answer it. Now I answer that
I think it is time for a new scorecard for success. When we focus mostly on attendance growth we are missing the mark in assessing faithfulness to the call and purpose of God. When the pastors on conference stages and magazine covers are always the ones with the biggest and fastest growing churches something is