Why Most Mission Statements Fail In Smaller Churches

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Big churches need bold mission statements. Small churches? Not so much.

If a small church has a mission statement, it’s probably because a church growth expert said you needed one. But it’s unlikely that having a mission statement has changed anything for the church, and today it’s hard to find anyone who can recite it from memory.

This is not because small churches are broken or lazy. It’s not because there’s anything wrong about churches of any size – or mission statements. It has more to do with the fact that big churches and small churches operate under entirely different sets of presumptions.

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4 thoughts on “Why Most Mission Statements Fail In Smaller Churches”

  1. I read your full post on CT and I kept thinking “Amen!” I have been at my current church for around 20 months. The mission statement needs to be thought over and part of the fabric of the church’s relationships- not just a statement made by the “guy on top.”

  2. I read your full post on CT and I kept thinking “Amen!” I have been at my current church for around 20 months. The mission statement needs to be thought over and part of the fabric of the church’s relationships- not just a statement made by the “guy on top.”

  3. I think God laughs at our “mission statements”…big or small chuches. Did Jesus not give one…or was his not clear or “coporate-sounding” enough? “FOLLOW ME”

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