Small Churches

What makes Small Churches unique?

Only In a Small Church: You May Not Need a Mission Statement

I know it’s practically heresy to propose this. But your church may not need a mission statement. Since the 1990s, there may be no more widely accepted rule in church growth circles than the expectation that every church needs a mission statement. It was taught in seminars and written in books. I remember at least …

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My “Final Word” on Small Churches

It looks like Small Churches really are becoming a big deal. The Spring 2013 issue of Enrichment Journal is all about the big impact of Small Churches. Way to go, guys! There aren’t many magazines that would take an entire issue to do that. The last page of each issue is called the “Final Word”, and …

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Only In a Small Church: Sometimes You Gotta Kill Cockroaches

Small Churches aren’t just smaller versions of big churches. They have unique gifts, challenges and methods of operation. But not everyone realizes that fact. Including some Small Church pastors. This often leads to frustration when we go to ministerial conferences or read pastoral books. Most (usually all) of the speakers and authors are from large …

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Why Are There So Many Small Churches? (Some Assumptions & Realities)

Let’s revisit the stats. Ninety percent of the churches in the world have less than 200 people. Eighty percent have less than 100. Why? It’s been clearly established in both The Grasshopper Myth and on this site that the abundance of Small Churches in the world is not evidence of a problem to be fixed, …

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Only In a Small Church: Personalized Major League Coaching

“I’m taking my family to a bigger church.” I doubt if there’s a Small Church pastor that hasn’t felt the pain of hearing those words. I was reminded of that pain while getting re-acquainted with a friend over coffee a few weeks ago. My friend is a semi-volunteer staff member at a church that used …

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Small Church Hall of Fame: Jesus Was a Small Church Pastor

Jesus was a Small Church pastor? I think so. Let me show you. Jesus didn’t pastor the crowds. He taught them. Just before teaching and eventually feeding the largest crowd recorded in the Gospels, Jesus called them “sheep without a shepherd”. That’s like calling them “a church without a pastor.” Think about that. Jesus was …

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Grasshopper Myth: My Church Can’t Compete With Megachurches

OK, so technically, this one’s true. My church can’t compete with megachurches. Trying to do what they do on a Small Church scale would, did, and does lead to disaster and burnout. What makes the statement a myth is that it’s built on a faulty premise. The premise that we’re supposed to be like megachurches, …

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Surprising Insights About Church Growth from Small Church Members

People love Small Churches. It’s pastors who have a problem with them. The Grasshopper Myth book has been in the hands of the members of my church for about a month. And I’m currently teaching through the principles of it on Sunday mornings. (They’re being recorded and will be podcast here soon.) So the feedback …

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