Are you involved in church leadership? As in, does any of your ministry involve overseeing, teaching or helping other church leaders?
If so, have you ever been frustrated by the inability of some small churches to utilize your ideas? No doubt you have.
Here’s a simple illustration that will show you why that happens a lot. And how we can help each other get better at this.
Responsive Design In Church Leadership
What size of a screen are you reading right now?
If it’s a phone, the screen looks very different than if you’re reading it from a laptop or a tablet.
That’s the result of something called responsive design and it’s an accepted standard for websites.
Responsive design is programming that automatically reformats what you see based on the size of the screen you’re reading.
Bigger screen? You’ll see more options like a sidebar, floating social media buttons, and so on. Small screen? You’re probably only seeing a few paragraphs of text and you’ll have to hit a drop-down to get other options.
This week, news came out that Hertz (the car rental company) is suing Accenture (a tech company) for 32 million dollars. According to the lawsuit, Accenture didn’t deliver a new website as requested. One of their biggest failures, says Hertz, is that they didn’t include responsive design in their programming. In other words, the website doesn’t adapt to the size of screen the customer is using.
So what does this have to do with church leadership?
Do Your Church Leadership Principles Adapt For Size?
In the last 20-30 years, some very creative people have been producing a lot of new tools for everything from discipleship to worship to small groups.
Most of these innovations are very helpful. If you have a large screen church.
But, just like most of you are reading this article on your phone right now, most of our churches aren’t big screen churches, we’re small screen churches.
If you’re a leader in church growth or church health, take a look at your principles, your programs, your ideas and your innovations. Can they be adapted for churches from 2,000 to 200 to 20? If not, you’re behind the times. And you need to catch up.
Responsive design isn’t an option anymore, it’s a requirement.
The good news is, like responsive design for different sizes of devices, responsive design for different church sizes is more possible than ever before.