Redefining Success In Ministry
with Karl Vaters
What is The Grasshopper Myth?
All the people we saw there are of great size. …We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them. – Numbers 13:32-33
Don’t fall for IKEA Envy
People will come to small churches, but they won’t give up quality to do so
How to Discover And Use What Your Church Does Well
Over 90% of our churches are under 200, over 80% are under 100
- First Reaction: Oh no!
- Second Reaction: So what?
- Final Reaction: Now what?
Many big church principles don’t translate well to a small church context
The law of large numbers: the bigger the crowd, the more predictably they behave
Big church principles center on process, systems & curriculum
- Small church principles center on relationships, culture & history
(Need help changing your church culture? I recommend Dirt Matters, by Jim Powell.)
Don’t do what your founders did, think like your founders thought
Discover what your church does well, then do it on purpose
Preparing For Tomorrow By Equipping The Church Today
The pastoral prime mandate: Equip the saints to do ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12)
The three essential elements of a healthy, effective church:
- Great Commandment
- Great Commission
- Equipping the Saints
Use the “closet rule” for ministries: Don’t add a new one until you’ve dropped an old one
- What does your church do well, that you would like to do more of?
- What does your church do poorly, that you would like to do less of?
Move out of a destination mindset and into a process orientation
- Churches can handle change, but they don’t like to be surprised
- Give the leaders time to ponder big decisions
- Previous generations had relationships and built structures
- This generation has structures and needs to build relationships