Southern Union | Destin 2018

Redefining Success In Ministry

Taught by Karl Vaters

 

What is The Grasshopper Myth?

The false impression that our Small Church ministry is less than what God says it is because we compare ourselves with others.

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

 

Three undeniable realities of pastoral ministry:

  • Reality #1: 80-90% of churches will never be larger than 250 people
  • Reality #2: Virtually all 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

 

Small is not a problem, a virtue or an excuse

 

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

 

The smaller the crowd, the more impact each person has – for good and bad

 

Big church principles center on process, systems & programs

 

(Need help changing your church culture? I recommend Dirt Matters, by Jim Powell.)

 

Don’t do what our founders did, think like our founders thought

 

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Move out of a destination mindset and into a process orientation

 

The pastoral prime mandate: to equip God’s people for works of service (Ephesians 4:11-12)

 

The three essential elements of a healthy, effective church:

  1. Great Commandment
  2. Great Commission
  3. Equipping God’s people
  • Unhealthy churches aren’t doing the Great Commandment, the Great Commission or equipping God’s people
  • Loving, but ineffective churches are doing the Great Commandment, but not the Great Commission or equipping God;s people
  • Overwhelmed pastors are doing the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, but are not equipping Gods people
  • Healthy, effective churches and pastors are doing all three

 

It’s OK for a pastor’s vision to be helping God’s people fulfill their vision

 

Find leaders by looking for servants

  • Value passion and willingness over experience and status

 

When thinking small saved the world

 

 



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