Failure

27 Benefits of Putting an Expiration Date On New Ministries In Your Church

What if we could reduce the sting of failure when a new ministry doesn’t go as we had hoped? It might give us the courage to innovate more often.

We can, if we try this simple principle: put an expiration date on every new ministry idea.

8 Reasons Why It’s OK to Call Your Church a Small Church

For decades (yes, decades!) I refused to acknowledge that my church was small or that I was a Small Church pastor. Not any more. Now, I’m not just OK with it, I celebrate it.

Some people don’t like using the term Small Church because, in their minds, that term equates with a church being sickly, settling or worse. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The Next Time Your Ministry Feels Like a Failure, Remember This

Jesus never wrote a book or erected a building for his followers to rally around.

His trial was a farce, but his torture was real. At his death he hung naked, and bleeding. His flesh hanging in strips from his barely-recognizable body. As he died, he didn’t just feel forsaken by God, he actually was forsaken by God.

Jesus’ ministry was a failure.

Until…

When Small Is Your Only Option (A Video and a Podcast)

There are a lot of reasons healthy Small Churches stay small that have nothing to do with lack of faith, wrong principles, laziness, settling for less or incompetence. I’ve written about some of those reasons here already. Here’s another reason. Sometimes churches stay small because small is their only option. Today, I’m presenting two posts …

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The Main Thing I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Pastor

“They didn’t tell me this in bible school.” How many times has every Small Church pastor said that under our breath while dreading the upcoming deacon meeting, trying to take our first weekend off in years, or doing random repairs on the church building? Thom Rainer surveyed a bunch of pastors on that question, without regard to church …

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“Small Church Pastors Should Quit” and Other Monday Google Searches

You give away a lot more than you realize when you’re on the internet. Now that I operate a website, I get to see some of those secrets. For instance, my website software shows me every search term that people use to find my blog. It’s fun and encouraging to discover that people have found …

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