Innovative Ministry In a Small Church Context
Session 1: Redefining Success In Ministry
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
- 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
Big changes come from small places
Session 2: Big or Small? What’s the Difference?
Over 90% of churches are under 200, over 80% are under 100
- Move from “Oh no!” to “So what?” to “Now what?”
The law of large numbers: the bigger the crowd, the more predictably they behave
Big church principles center on process, systems & programs
Small church principles center on relationships, culture & history
Ask for help
Session 3: Thinking and Acting Like a Great Small Church
Discover what your church does well, then do it on purpose
- The Sweet Spot: God, the Church & the Pastor’s Hearts Meet
- The Default: God & the Pastor, but not the Church
- The Listening Place: God & the Church, but not the Pastor
- The Danger Zone: The Church & the Pastor, but not God
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?
Build your training around relationships, not curriculum
- Follow up
Use the Jethro system to raise up leaders
- 10, 50, 100, 1,000
- Look for Level 10 leaders, first
- Find leaders by looking for servants
- Use the building to serve people, not vice versa
Karl Vaters • CornerstoneFV.com