There are far too many good pastors of great churches who don’t see the beauty in the ministry God has given them because we’re so programmed to push for bigness as a sign of ministry success.
The world needs lots of healthy small churches and those churches need good pastors.
But the world needs lots of healthy small churches and those churches need good pastors.
Since discovering and embracing that truth, I’ve realized many benefits from it.
- It Focuses Your Time and Resources
How much time and emotional, financial and spiritual resources have been wasted by small church pastors trying to be something we’re not?
Imagine what your church could look like if you focused your energy on becoming a healthy small church instead of worrying about becoming a big church.
One advantage of embracing being a small church pastor, is that you can stop worrying about the congregation you don’t have and focus on loving, equipping and sending the congregation you do have.
When you start doing that, you might recognize another benefit, namely…
- It Brings You Closer to Your Congregation
Doing the small things well is one of the best ways to build a loving, vibrant, outward-reaching, healthy church. And it’s one of the best ways I know to knit the hearts of church members and church leaders together.
Doing the small things well is one of the best ways to build a loving, vibrant, outward-reaching, healthy church.
A big part of pastoring a healthy small church is the development of relationships. That’s how Jesus planted the seeds that transformed the world. Yes, he attracted crowds, but that wasn’t where he invested his time and energies. That was reserved for intimacy with the Father and life with the disciples.
Jesus invested himself in a surprisingly small group of people. And from the depth of those relationships, far more than the fickle crowds, he changed the world.
- It Lays a Good Foundation for When and If Numerical Growth Occurs
This is not a “stop worrying about growing and then you’ll grow” pep talk.
The reality is that 90 percent of the churches in the world have fewer than 200 in attendance. And all the church growth classes, books, blogs and seminars haven’t changed that percentage.
But when numerical growth does occur, it’s better for a healthy small church to grow than an unhealthy one.
- It’s the Truth
And the truth shall set you free.
Your church may not stay small for long. Or it may be a small church for decades. Either way, if there are fewer than 250 attending the church you pastor, you’re a small church pastor.
Don’t resist it. Embrace it. Then be great at it.