Northern Ireland 2018

Taught by Karl Vaters

Session 1: Redefining Success In Ministry

 

What is The Grasshopper Myth?

The Grasshopper Myth book
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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: 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

 

Bigger fixes nothing

 

Over 1 billion people choose to worship God in small churches

 

Small is not a problem, a virtue or an excuse

 

Challenges for the Current and Future Church

  • The way people give is changing
  • The way people commit is changing
  • The way people attend is changing
  • The way people trust is changing
  • Brand loyalty is dead

 

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

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

 

Big church principles center on process, systems & curriculum

 

Becoming a Great Small Church

 

Small Church Essentials
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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?

 

Move out of a destination mindset and into a process orientation

 

When thinking small saved the world

 

For extra reading:

28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church

Recalibrate: 10 Steps Every Church Must Take This Year, Or Be Dead In A Decade

4 Proven Strategies for the Care and Treatment of an Unhealthy Church

 


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