How can we activate the astonishing power of small churches?
As we’ve already seen in the previous two posts in this series (here and here), over one billion people worship Jesus in small churches tucked into every corner of the globe. What could we possibly do to light ...
Over one billion people choose to worship Jesus in small churches.
But the astonishing power of small churches is not just about the numbers. It’s about strategic placement.
This is where our small size becomes our advantage.
Small churches have found their way into every ...
More than one billion people choose to worship Jesus in small churches.
Yes, you read that right. One billion plus.
This has massive implications for the church, the world and how small churches see their role in the kingdom of God.
So many implications, that I’ll be writing ...
What models and methods are we clinging to that make the basic functions of the church harder than they should be?
Serving Jesus isn’t supposed to be easy. Christ told us we had to take up our cross daily. But Jesus made the gospel as accessible as possible. Too easy, according ...
Why don’t small churches grow?
When you run a website, as I do with NewSmallChurch.com, you get to see the search terms people use to find it.
That question is one that pops up all the time. So today I’m going to take a stab at answering it. But before I offer my answer, ...
I can’t do it all.
Neither can you.
Even though I love saying ‘yes’.
Yes to God. Yes to people. Yes to crazy ideas that might turn out to be great ideas in disguise.
But I’ve learned that saying ‘yes’ means more when it’s balanced by the ...
Jesus was the most culture-challenging, paradigm-shifting, tradition-breaking, change agent who ever lived.
How did his followers become so boring?
Want cutting-edge, society-shifting change? Church is the last place people expect to find it.
Want dry, stuffy, moldy, old traditions ...
It never gets easier. No matter how many times you hear about it.
And we're hearing about it a lot more lately. In epidemic numbers.
Another pastor announced to his stunned congregation that he couldn't do it anymore. He loved them. He was proud of the kingdom work they'd ...
Finding God’s will for your life is not as difficult as we make it out to be.
In fact, 90 percent of God's will for my life is the same as 90 percent of God's will for your life. (Actual results may vary.)
If it was portrayed in a Venn diagram, the two circles would ...
In over 35 years of pastoral ministry, I've known and worked alongside hundreds of pastors. I've met thousands.
I can count the dishonest ones – the wolves in sheep's clothing – on one hand. With fingers left over.
But there are some lies that even the ...
Talking and writing about healthy small churches is a revolutionary idea. It shouldn’t be, but it is. And it probably will be for a while.
But dents are being made. Let me tell you about some that are happening now.
This fall, I’ve been invited to teach about small ...
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 because I can read the search terms that have led people there.
I’ve always known that Mondays are hard for pastors. I now have direct ...
I hate either/or choices. I like both/and.
But life doesn’t always give us that.
Take church growth and health, for instance.
Usually, a choice for church health is also a choice for church growth. But not always. Sometimes it's one or the other. Especially in a smaller ...