Trusting each other doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put proper financial checks and balances in place.
One of the airtight principles of church leadership is that you can tell what a church’s priorities are by looking at where they allocate their funds. That is true in some churches, but not in all. Maybe not in most. Here’s why. The vast majority of churches are small, and small church budgets are far …
So many small churches exist in survival mode.
They struggle to meet the rent or mortgage. They struggle to pay the pastor. They struggle to stay alive.
Sometimes the battle for basic survival is so severe that very little ministry gets done, especially ministry outside the church walls, because they can barely keep the lights on.
In tens of thousands of churches every year, the struggle becomes so overwhelming that the church closes its doors for good.
Today I’m proposing a radical solution that, if it’s the right choice for you, will literally end all of your church’s financial struggles once-and-for-all.
The church in North America is getting smaller.
No, I don’t think we’re going to say goodbye to the megachurch any time soon – at least I hope not. By all indications, the biggest churches will become even bigger.
But, according to many church trend-watchers like Ed Stetzer, even megachurch leaders are understanding the need for multiple smaller venues instead of bigger and bigger megabuildings.
The era of the mega-church-building, even as megachurches keep growing, may be over.
This is just part of an overall societal trend towards more personalization. The one-size-fits-all era is gone.
For instance, in the last few decades we’ve gone from the big three TV networks, to hundreds of cable channels, to online TV and movie queues tailored to each person’s specific watching habits. The same has happened in radio, automobiles, musical genres, books… you name it.
I think this tendency towards smaller, bistro-style niche tastes leaves the church in North America with a choice.
Fight the tendency towards smaller and lose out, or do Small Church really well and lead the culture into a better way.