“Nobody likes a big church – except pastors.”
If you hadn’t already read the title of this post, you probably wouldn’t think that quote was from Rick Warren.
But it’s just one of several similar quotes in a short video in which Rick Warren shares some very helpful thoughts on our misperceptions about church size and attendance.
The video originally appeared on Thom Schultz’s When God Left the Building YouTube page. You can scroll down a little to watch it right here.
Here’s another quote from Warren:
“I think one of the things we need to do is change what we reward in churches today, because for the last 50 years denominations and organizations have rewarded size, attendance.”
I have no idea what those “rewards” would look like – I’m guessing Rick my not either – but he’s absolutely right that we need to change our thinking in that regard.
As he says in the last quote of the video, “Big isn’t better. Small isn’t automatically better. Healthy is better.”