I spent Thursday and Friday with my staff, interns and 3,500 other pastors and leaders at Catalyst West Coast. We listened to an array of well-known speakers like Francis Chan, Henry Cloud and Christine Caine.
Then I spent all day Saturday with 35 House Church leaders at Momentum Los Angeles, sponsored by House2House. We listened to an array of virtually unknown speakers like Keith Giles, Ken Eastburn and Karl Vaters.
It’s hard to imagine two church conferences that could be any more different than those two, while still sharing the same basic biblical theology.
So which one was better? Both. And neither.
It’s Not Either/Or, It’s Got to Be Both/And
Unfortunately, not everyone thinks so.
When I started NewSmallChurch.com, I started hearing from people who assumed that my appreciation for Small Churches meant I hated megachurches. Half of them were upset at me. The other half were cheering me on.
I immediately and regularly do whatever I can to separate myself from those attitudes.
It is possible to be a fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek. To enjoy a Coke one day and Pepsi the next. And it is possible – I think necessary for the future of the body of Christ – to see the value in churches of all sizes.
I write for and about Small Churches because it’s what I know. And because there’s not a lot out there to help us pastor Small Churches well. That’s why I’m so happy to work with the guys at 200Churches.com.
In today’s podcast we talk about every size of church, from house churches to megachurches and how each one adds value to the body of Christ. The guys also ask me questions about what Small Churches can learn from megas, including cautions about transposing megachurch principles in a Small Church setting. We even take a couple rabbit trails, including an unexpected chat about our church’s intern program. (Episode 65 – 34:40 total run time.)
So what do you think? What are some of the benefits of big and Small Churches working together?
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