9 Reasons to Embrace the Term 'Small Church'
Being small is not a problem, so calling us small churches isn't a problem either.

For instance, I found that, in regions where the church is experiencing the greatest growth as a percentage of the population – like Asia, Africa and Latin America – it's happening almost entirely through the multiplication of small churches.

7. It Helps Us Do Small Church Better

One of the main reasons people avoid using the term 'small church' is because it feels like admitting defeat and settling for less.

Nothing in me will allow me to settle for less.

But small isn't less. Unless we let it be.

Once we realize we can do small church ministry well without settling for less we're free to do small church better.

8. It's Distinct

We need big churches and small churches.

A church's size says nothing about a church's value.

A church's size says nothing about a church's value.

Using honest language about our size helps us stand up and stand out as a distinct and necessary part of the body of Christ.

Not big.

Not better than big.

Not worse than big.

But clearly distinct from big.

9. Small Churches Are Different – In a Good Way

If you’re in a church of 30, a church of 200 seems huge. But I use 200 as the dividing line between small and medium-sized (as does almost every church growth leader) because that’s where a lot of things change.

Under 200, the pastor can still be the primary caretaker of the church. Over 200, the leadership has to move from pastoring to managing, from shepherding to ranching.

Neither of those leadership styles is wrong, in fact they’re each appropriate for their size. But they are very different.

Small churches and their leaders need to embrace those differences, not be ashamed of them.

Small can be awesome, if we do small well.

That starts by acknowledging who we are. And knowing that who we are is a good thing to be.

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