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Why Break Church Growth Barriers? (And Why This Question Matters)
Before learning how to get bigger, every church needs to ask if it should get bigger.

I agree. Every church and pastor should want that.

But what about the churches and pastors that are best-suited to reach people and follow God’s call in a smaller environment? What about the 10 churches averaging 100, or the 20 churches averaging 50, that are reaching more people for Jesus than the typical church of 1,000? (I’m not assuming that’s always the case.)

Here’s my best shot at a one-sentence answer: We should adapt our leadership style to break church growth barriers when, and only when, doing so is a better way to reach people for Jesus and make disciples.

We should adapt our leadership style to break church growth barriers when, and only when, doing so is a better way to reach people for Jesus and make disciples.

When shouldn’t we break church growth barriers? When it’s not the best way for a specific pastor or church to reach people for Jesus and make disciples.

Find Your Size

Big churches are great.

Small churches are great.

In one situation, a big church may be the best way to reach more people for Jesus and disciple believers into mature, loving, worshipful disciples-makers. In another situation, a bunch of smaller churches may be the best way to do that.

In most places, a mix of all sizes and styles is what we need.

All types of churches to reach all types of people.

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July 03, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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