Small Church Ministry
Why Don’t Small Churches Grow? (Actually, They Do)
The presumption that small churches don’t grow is false. Some grow numerically. Most grow spiritually. Many grow in both ways.

3. Some Churches Stay Small Because That’s What God is Calling them to Do

I know this is counter-intuitive, but there’s no biblical mandate for individual churches to get bigger.

Of course, God wants the church to grow. Reaching people for Jesus is an undeniable aspect of what it means to be the church. But God grows his church in a variety of ways. Sometimes he grows individual churches bigger. Most of the time he plants more small churches.

If you’re wondering what you’re doing wrong that’s causing your church to stay small, my answer is simple. You may not be doing anything wrong.

If your small church is healthy, don’t let anyone bully you into thinking it isn’t healthy just because it’s small.

Of course, there’s always room for improvement in every church. But if your small church is healthy, don’t let anyone bully you into thinking it isn’t healthy just because it’s small.

Your church is probably small because you’re one of the many healthy small churches Jesus wants in your city, town or rural area.

If there are big churches in your city, don’t play the church size comparison game. Nobody wins when we do that. Recognize your church’s place alongside them as an equally valuable member of the body of Christ.

The world needs more healthy small churches, not fewer. Yours can be one of them.

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September 21, 2016 at 10:17 AM

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