7. Don’t look for signs of technical excellence, look for signs of life
Church is messy because life is messy. This is true in all churches, but it’s often more evident in smaller ones.
When a church gets bigger and can hire more staff and own a larger facility, much of that messiness can be managed – as it should be, whenever you can do it.
But a small church is more like a family unit. And families have issues. No church is perfect, because no family is perfect.
In a small church, you’re not likely to find a lot of technical excellence. But that’s okay, because church isn’t about that. It’s about family.
A healthy church will have something that every healthy family has. Signs of life.
Don’t look for a church without a mess. Those churches don’t exist – especially if it’s small.
Look for a church that shows signs of life inside the mess.
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