Renovate 2018

with Karl Vaters

Session 1: Redefining Success In Ministry

 

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: 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

 

Small is not a problem, a virtue or an excuse

 

Bigger fixes nothing

 

Over 1 billion people choose to worship God in small churches

 

Pastoring a small church is not a penalty, it’s a specialty

  • And it’s worth doing well

 

 


Session 2: Thinking Like A Great Small Church

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?

 

People will come to small churches, but they won’t give up quality to do so

  • Quality looks different in a small church than a big church

 

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

(Need help understanding and fixing your church’s culture? Read Dirt Matters, by Jim Powell)

 

Creating margin for increased health and effective ministry

  • Minister for the size you are, while setting up systems for double your size

 

 

Hearing God’s Heart Together

  1. The Sweet Spot: God, the church and the pastor’s hearts meet
  2. The Default: God and the pastor, but not the church
  3. The Listening Place: God and the church, but not the pastor
  4. The Danger Zone: The Church and the pastor, but not God

 

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

 

 


Session 3: Becoming A Healthy Church, No Matter Your Size

 

Discover what your church does well, then do it on purpose

 

Don’t put a mission statement into words until you’re already putting it into action

 

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

 

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?

 

The three essential elements of a healthy, effective church

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

 

Move out of a destination mindset and into a process orientation

 

When thinking small changed the world

 



Tuesday Breakout

Leveraging the Relational Power of the Small Church to Maximize Discipleship and Mission

 

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

 

New generations will not build the kind of churches their parents built

  • Previous generations had relationships and built structures
  • This generation has structures and needs to build relationships

 

Millennials don’t exist

 

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

  • Value passion and willingness over experience and status

 

A simple 5-step discipleship process

 

 

 


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