The healthiest churches are relentless about being effective, not just busy. They trim off anything that saps time and energy.
Big churches and small churches design their budgets very differently. While large churches spend their time balancing percentages, designing requisition sheets, and tracking an increase or decrease of giving as one measurement of the church’s health, small churches deal with an entirely different set of issues. Are there are guidelines that are universal? I believe …
How was church attendance yesterday?
In our church, we started the first service with more people on stage than in the audience.
It filled in to a normal summer crowd later, but for a while it was looking rough.
That’s the way attendance is in a small church. You can have a 50 percent drop one Sunday, then a 100 percent increase the next for almost any or no reason.
The smaller the church, the bigger attendance swings are. That makes events harder to plan, conduct and assess.
There are two different types of churches, organizationally.
Static and dynamic.
As we saw in a previous article, Why Most Small Churches Don’t Use (Or Need) An Organizational Chart, the smaller the church, the less necessary it is to use a static organizational system.
Static churches have a thorough Org Chart, with positions that need to be filled, and each position is arranged in some sort of hierarchy. Everyone knows what they’re supposed to do and who reports to whom based on the Org Chart.
Some statically–organized churches have a physical chart on display, while others operate by an unseen, but just as strongly defined system.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with having and/or using an Org Chart. In fact, the bigger the church, the more essential it becomes. When you’re trying to coordinate dozens, even hundreds of leadership positions, the Org Chart reduces chaos and helps create stability.
But if you’re pastoring a small church and you want to move from static to dynamic, how do you do that?
Here are 5 starter steps:
What would you say if someone asked you the question in the title of this post?
“What are you improving at your church right now?”
Would you know what to say? It’s an important question.
In fact, if you can’t answer that question with at least one specific goal-oriented project, your church may be in trouble without even knowing it.
Always Get Better
Every church should constantly be improving. And not just in general terms. We should always be working on specific action plans to improve aspects of our church and its ministry. Improving anything that we’re not doing as well as we could or should.