Because I minister in and to small churches, I’m often asked, “aren’t you worried, that by supporting small churches you’ll be encouraging churches that could grow, to stay small instead?”
Yes. That is a concern. One that I’ve addressed in Small Church Essentials, and in several posts including, Small Churches Are Not a Problem, a Virtue or an Excuse.
But I also have a question of my own. One that’s almost never considered. Namely, “aren’t you worried, that by promoting numerical congregational growth, you’ll be encouraging churches that should stay small, to get bigger instead?”