The 10 Most-Read Posts of 2013

Number 102013 was the first full year for And it was more than I ever could have anticipated.

So many Small Church pastors have told me how grateful they are to finally have a place where they feel heard and understood, and where we’re sharing ideas that are truly helpful in Small Church ministry.

Over the last few days I’ve shared several mostly overlooked #BestOf2013 posts that I felt were worthy of a second look. Those articles were written in the first 6 months of the year when the readership was a small percentage of what it is now.

Today, I’m featuring the most-read posts of the year for These are the posts that you read and passed along to others, who then passed it to others and so on. These are some of my favorites, too.

If you missed any, or if you want to re-visit a favorite, click, read, then pass it along.


Wheelchair in ocean#1. Unhealthy Churches Should Not Act Like Healthy Churches – Until They Are

Unhealthy churches should be treated differently than healthy ones if they have any hope of becoming healthy. But we don’t usually do that. Too often, we tell hurting, broken, unhealthy churches to get over it and start acting like their strong, healthy siblings. Then we can’t understand why so many of them stay unhealthy or get sicker.  >> Read More


What's Next?#2. Small Churches Are the Next Big Thing – With One Condition

There’s growing evidence that this new generation will bring the greatest opportunity for Small Church ministry in 2,000 years. But this opportunity comes with one, big condition. They won’t give up quality to gain intimacy. And they shouldn’t have to.   >> Read More 

(While this was the 2nd most-read post on this blog, it was also the 6th most-read post at, making it the overall most-read post of mine in 2013.)


Apple with band-aid#3. Apples to Apples: Comparing 10,000 In One Megachurch to 10,000 In 100 Small Churches

I’d like to propose a way to compare apples to apples without participating in the “who’s better?” game. How about these two questions, side-by-side. What are the benefits of 10,000 people worshiping in a megachurch led by one pastor? What are the benefits of 10,000 people worshiping in 100 Small Churches led by 100 pastors?  >> Read More 


#4. Adapt Or Die: 6 Ways to Create a Change Culture In Your Church

Adapt or die. The longer I spend in pastoral ministry, the more convinced I am of that truth. Especially in Small Churches. The good news is, because of our size, Small Churches can adapt more quickly than our larger counterparts. Like steering a speedboat instead of an ocean liner. Sadly though, that’s not our reputation.  >> Read More


#5. Forget the 200 Barrier – Small Churches Need to Break Through the Grasshopper Barrier

We need to retire the 200 Barrier from our church leadership lexicon. It makes some dangerous assumptions, starting with the assumption that over 200 is better than under 200. But the Grasshopper Barrier is a toxic mindset that keeps churches and pastors from recognizing The Grasshopper Myth for the lie that it is.  >> Read More


Achieve Greatness#6. It’s Time for Small Churches to Become Great Churches

No more excuses. It’s time for Small Churches to become great churches. If that sounds intimidating, it doesn’t need to. Your Small Church has everything it needs to achieve greatness right now. You don’t need to wait for permission, or even inspiration. We already have the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Here are five principles any Small Church can use to achieve greatness.  >> Read More


#7. My Church Isn’t Growing – Don’t Assume You Know Why

My church (and some of yours) have just been insulted by a well-known minister in a blogpost read by thousands of people. Does he really think our lack of numerical growth is proof that we are prayerless, passionless, unfocused, disobedient and selfish? I hope not. Because if he does, he’s wrong. Dead wrong. Hurtfully wrong.   >> Read More


closed sign 200c Read These First   The Essentials#8. Grow It or Close It? Is There a Third Option for Struggling Small Churches?

Grow or close. So many Small Church pastors feel the pressure to do one or the other. But there’s a third option. It’s been sitting in front of us all along, but a lot of us have been so obsessed with “grow it or close it” we’ve overlooked this alternative. Option 3: Help Struggling Small Churches Become Healthy Small Churches .  >> Read More


Exit route sign#9. Deal-Breakers: 7 Ways God May Tell You to Leave Your Church

Do I stay, or do I go? It’s one of the toughest questions a pastor has to face. Most pastors are in it for the long haul. But how do we know which issues are worth fighting through and which ones are signs that it’s time to leave? I don’t know if there are any hard and fast rules for that. But I know what I’ve experienced and I’ll offer you that.  >> Read More


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#10. The 11th Reason Pastors Quit Too Soon

Good people are being driven away from the call of God before they’ve done what God called them to do. How many factors in a recent list of the top 10 reasons people leave the ministry would either be reduced or disappear entirely if we weren’t obsessed with my 11th reason – the unbiblical drive to build bigger and bigger churches?  >> Read More


Thank you so much for all your support in our first full year. 2014 is going to be great!


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