All we need is the foresight to see it and the will to do it.
Don’t Know How To Adapt? Find Out
Was your idea birthed in a big church context? That’s great. Most mobile apps were designed on a big screen desktop computer. But they aren’t limited to the device they were designed on.
We need to do the same in church leadership. Go ahead and create a great new idea in your big church context. Then think through how to program a responsive size design into it.
We can’t blame small churches for not being able to adapt big church ideas to their context any more than a web designer can blame a user for not being able to adapt their laptop design for use on a cell phone.
Adapting big church concepts into a small church context shouldn’t be the exclusive responsibility of the end user – in this case, the small church pastor.
Of course, we know our specific congregation has unique characteristics that we have to transpose for. But there’s a lot you can do to meet us half way. Like website designers, the primary responsibility for the usability of what you’re making and selling lies in the hands of the design team, not the pastors you’re supposed to be designing it for.
So how does that process begin, especially if you’ve never worked in a small church context?
Here’s a starter list.
5 Steps To Start Building Responsive Design Into Your Material
1. Ask small church leaders for input about what they need
Sit down with some small church pastors. Ask them what works for them and what doesn’t. What is universal and what isn’t. What can be adapted for different sizes and what can’t.
Then keep what works for bigger churches, but reformat those options so they can be used in other sizes of churches.
2. Put people with a small church background on the design/writing team
But be sure their small church experience is recent. If they haven’t been in a small church in a decade, a lot has changed since then.
3. Ask small churches to test it
There are so many congregations that would love to do this and give you helpful feedback!
4. Label it accurately
If your materials or ideas have dynamic responsiveness built in, let us know. If not, let us know that, too. Something as simple as putting “Field-tested to work in churches under 250”, or “Works best in churches over 200” on the package will help us all make wiser decisions.