Better churches become bigger churches. Right?
It turns out that’s been the rule of thumb for businesses, too. And it’s no more true there than it is for us.
Constant growth doesn’t work for the majority of churches or businesses. Yet they can still be successful at what they do.
This week, I finally got around to reading Bo Burlingham’s Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead Of Big (how could I resist, right?). Written more than ten years ago, it followed 14 companies that chose to limit their growth for a variety of reasons.
Some limited their growth to keep it more personal and intimate, some because a smaller size fit the skills and goals of the leadership, some because they felt it was the best way to maintain quality control, and so on.
But they all had one thing in common — an obsession with making their business better, combined with the belief that staying small was the best way for them to do that.