Did you know that big churches are a small part of the church landscape? In fact, more than 90 percent of churches have fewer than 200 people. That means small churches play a big part in what God is doing.
Isn’t Bigger Better? We’ve all heard this phrase and it’s crept into the church culture too. There is an unhealthy obsession with growing bigger churches in America. Building the church is clearly Jesus’ job, not ours. Jesus said “I will build my church”. But he did not say “I will build bigger churches.”
If God says our church fellowship is big enough to do what he wants us to do, no matter how few of us there are, who are we to argue? It’s time to stop worrying about what we can’t do because we’re small, and start asking what Jesus can do with us because we’re small and healthy.
The giant coffee company Starbucks only builds small coffeehouses with a mission to create a culture of warmth and belonging, were everyone is welcome. Small does not mean unhealthy, insular, poorly managed, or settling for less.
Both big and small churches play vital roles in the kingdom of God, but they each require a different set of tools. Most church resources are produced by big churches that works well for big churches, yet most churches are small.
“Small Church Essentials” is for those who desire to be fruitful as a smaller congregation. You’ll find this book will encourage you, debunks myths, and offers principles for leading and helping a dynamic, healthy small church.
How to get this resource:
- See if the book is available from your local library – It’s free
- Small Church Essentials (New Small Church) at: http://newsmallchurch.com/books/
- Small Church Essentials (Moody Publishers) at: https://www.moodypublishers.com/books/evangelism-and-discipleship/small-church-essentials/
- Small Church Essentials (Christian Book) at: https://www.christianbook.com/essentials-tested-principles-leading-healthy-congregation/karl-vaters/9780802418067/pd/418064
- Small Church Essentials (Amazon) at: https://www.amazon.com/Small-Church-Essentials-Field-Tested-Congregation/dp/0802418066/
- Small Church Essentials (Walmart) at: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Small-Church-Essentials-Field-Tested-Principles-for-Leading-a-Healthy-Congregation-of-under-250/56198142
For Innovative Leadership from a Small Church Perspective check out the Christianity Today Blog called pivot by Karl Vaters