We want numbers to verify our successes.
There are two huge problems with that sentence – and they’re found in the words numbers and our.
First, not all successes have numbers to verify them.
Second, the successes of the church are not our successes.
The Pilgrims didn’t plan to change the world. But they did, anyway.
They began as a small church that wanted to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. They ended up founding a nation and sparking a revolution.
This week, Americans celebrate ...
Small churches almost never have enough money, people or facilities to be innovative, right?
That’s precisely the reason we must be innovative.
Some of the world’s greatest ideas, products and revolutions came about, not because someone had unlimited ...
Churches can handle change.
If you’ve tried and failed to change things at your church, that may not feel true, but it is.
The problem in many churches isn't that they can't handle change. It's that they don't like being surprised by changes. And ...
There was a lot of pain and suffering in the world last weekend. Caused by horrifyingly evil acts.
Our church prayed for France, Lebanon, and Kenya yesterday.
You've heard about France. But you may not have heard about Lebanon and Kenya.
In Lebanon, 43 people were ...
My heart hurts for Paris and the nation of France.
When I stand in the pulpit on Sunday, the images of horror will be fresh in all of our hearts.
As pastors, many will look to us to set a tone for how to react to such evil acts.
In situations like this, the title of ...
When something matters to us, we measure it.
That is one of the unquestioned premises of the church growth movement.
Unquestioned premises should always be questioned.
When we do so, we discover that church metrics don’t measure the things that matter. Because ...
Big churches tend to attract passive, anonymous audience members.
Small churches tend to attract control freaks.
Big church pastors are aware of the problem of anonymity, so healthy big churches work very hard at small groups.
It’s hard to be an anonymous audience ...
I like quirky churches.
And I’m pretty sure God does, too.
Just take a look at the astonishing variety of churches in the New Testament. Not to mention the churches and church leaders he’s used in the last 2,000 years.
Some churches stay small because they’re ...
We make church harder than it needs to be.
Why? I think a lot of it has to do with our size obsession.
We’ve convinced ourselves that it’s not possible to become a great church without becoming a big church. But the truth is, any church can become great. No ...
Are you a small church pastor? Me too.
Have you ever felt like that’s not enough? Me too.
Today I have good news for both of us.
Your church is big enough.
Right now. Today. At its current size.
Your church is big enough to do what Jesus is calling you to ...