That can happen in any size of church.
But when church size is the primary focus of church leadership, it becomes very easy to put all our eggs in the “bigger church” basket instead keeping our eyes on the bigger and more important aspects of overall kingdom growth.
Going back to the illustration of the town with one church growing while overall church attendance was dropping – what if some of that growth was at the cost of the smaller congregations? That’s not a stretch. It’s almost always the case.
While we praise the growing church, we’re not just ignoring the small churches, we’re often promoting the growth of one congregation at the direct expense of others. Then we blame the shrinking church(es) instead of tackling the deeper issues.
Think Truly Bigger
As long as church growth keeps being about congregational size, these problems will not just persist, they will get worse.
There’s only one way out of this. We need to think bigger. Truly bigger.
Bigger than numerical growth.
Bigger than congregational size.
Bigger than attendance figures.
We need a renewed, Christ-honoring, cooperative approach to kingdom growth that ignores no one, includes everyone, and utilizes the gifts of every church, no matter their size.
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