Taught by Karl Vaters
Session 1: Redefining Success In Ministry
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
- Reality #1: 80-90% of churches will never be larger than 250 people
- Reality #2: 99.9% of pastors will pastor a small church for at least some time in our ministry
- Reality #3: You can lead a small church well, without settling for less
Don’t fall for IKEA Envy
Session 2: Big or Small? What’s the Difference?
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
1. The Sweet Spot: God, the church and the pastor’s hearts meet
2. The Default: God and the pastor, but not the church
3. The Listening Place: God and the church, but not the pastor
4. The Danger Zone: The Church and the pastor, but not God
Big changes come from small places
Session 3: Becoming a Great Small Church
People will come to small churches, but they won’t give up quality to do so
Discover what your church does well, then do it on purpose
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?
- Churches can handle change, but they don’t like to be surprised