This week I interview Ron Klassen of the Rural Home Missionary Association (RHMA) about seeing the unique nature of the small church, not as a problem to be solved, but as a strength to leverage, and even to exploit.
Here are a few highlights:
- Small churches have unique ministry gifts that shouldn’t be seen as problems to fix, but as positives to exploit.
- The relational aspect of small churches is something we need to lean into, not shy away from. It will even make you come across as a better preacher!
- A lot of small church ministry happens off-book and outside of organized programs. Exploit that.
- Don’t take intergenerational relationships for granted. And don’t push back against them. Exploit the value of them by being intentional about them.
If you know a small town or rural church leader who could use this encouragement and these ideas, pass this episode along to them. And pick up Ron’s book, Maximize! Leveraging the Strengths of Your Small Church.
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