Lies We’ve Been Told, But Have Bought Anyway (A Guest Post)

PinnochioToday’s post is by guest contributor and fellow Small Church blogger, Dave Jacobs.

I read it on his website yesterday and had to pass it on.

I was planning to add my thoughts to it, but the more I tried, the more my commentary just blunted its edges.

It stands on it’s own. 

So I’ll just let it be.

(Check the end of the post for info about Dave and how you can support Small Church pastors through his ministry.)

– Karl


Lies We’ve Been Told, But Have Bought Anyway

1. The back door can be closed.

2. Teaching on stewardship results in increased giving.

3. If you work really hard you can grow your church.

4. Great preaching and great music will bring great growth.

5. People with a background in business are the best people to have on your church board.

6. “Missional” is new.

7. Traditional church models are automatically ineffective.

8. Mission statements are really important.

9. Pastors of larger churches must know something pastors of smaller churches don’t.

10. Formal church memberships result in greater commitment.

11. If you have a clear and well-articulated vision your church will grow.

12. Outreach events result in church growth.

13. The “attractional model” isn’t working anymore.

14. In order for an older pastor to attract a younger crowd he needs to look and sound cool.

15. If a church isn’t growing there must be something wrong.

16. Every once in a while it’s good for a pastor to insert a moderate curse word into his sermons. This will communicate that he is cool and contemporary and radical.

17. Parishioners will follow the example of their pastor.

18. All healthy things grow and reproduce.


Great stuff, Dave.

Thanks for your passion and truthfulness. More people need to challenge presuppositions like you do.

Dave blogs at DaveJacobs.net.

If you know of a Small Church pastor who could use some coaching, that’s what Dave does. Get more info at SmallChurchPastor.com.

If you’d like to support Small Church pastors through his ministry, it takes just $25 a month for a pastor to get the coaching he needs. Click here to find out how to sponsor a pastor this year.

You can email Dave at Dave@SmallChurchPastor.com



So what do you think? How many of these lies have you believed at one time? Do you still believe any? It’s OK, you’re allowed to disagree.

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2 thoughts on “Lies We’ve Been Told, But Have Bought Anyway (A Guest Post)”

    1. Good question, Megan.

      Simply put, it’s the idea of structuring the church in such a way that it attracts people. Designing programs that meet people’s needs and cause them to be drawn to what we have to offer.

      There’s more to it than that (there always is), and there’s a lot of debate among ministers about whether-or-not that tempts churches to water down of the gospel. But at its core it’s the idea that the church should meet people’s real needs in such a way that they’ll be attracted to the church and, through that, to Jesus.

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