Small Church Ministry
What weighs more, 100 pounds of bricks or 100 pounds of feathers?
It’s an old riddle. One that makes you facepalm yourself if you get it wrong.
The riddle works because it plays on our preconceptions and our tendencies to hear what we want to hear. Bricks weigh more than ...
Christmas Eve has come and gone.
As you scroll through social media, you’re seeing all the rave reports from fellow pastors about full churches, beautiful productions and salvations.
But, while you’re happy for them, you don’t respond. Because, in the small church ...
I had another one of those “only in a small church” moments last Sunday.
The positive kind.
As I was shaking hands at the door after the service, I chatted with a man who’s been attending for a few weeks. He told me he was thinking about making us his permanent ...
A lot of people would like to worship in a small church if they could find a good one.
That’s what I keep hearing, anyway.
So, with all the small churches around, why do so many people seem to have a hard time finding a good one? It’s not because they don’t exist. ...
For years I bucked against the idea that I am a small church pastor.
Instead of seeing it as my calling, my heart and my passion, I treated it like it was my penalty for not having the skills to be a big church pastor.
So I consumed every church growth book and devoured all the ...
The body of Christ can't afford to alienate small churches any longer.
Especially since we make up 90 percent of churches, where half of all Christians attend, worship and minister.
Imagine any other group in which that large a segment of its population regularly felt marginalized, ...
Pastoring a small church can be frustrating.
We look around at our big church counterparts and it’s easy to wonder what it would be like if our church had all those resources.
So, sometimes we play the “what if...” game.
We imagine ourselves in those churches, ...
Discovering and embracing the fact that I am a small church pastor was one of the most liberating moments of my life.
It took me years to get there, but once I did… wow! What a relief!
As I’ve outlined in The Grasshopper Myth, I went through a lot of years not willing ...
No one will ever make a list of the best small churches in the world.
And they shouldn’t.
After all, a great urban small church looks very different from a great rural one. Same with a great Baptist and Methodist church. Or a great small church in Japan or Costa Rica.
Yesterday, I sent the manuscript for my next book into the publisher.
After decades of living it, years of teaching it, and months of writing it, “Small Church Essentials” is in the capable hands of the great editors at Moody Press.
Here are some details.