President, Partners in Church Consulting
There are many reasons churches are small. Every small church is small because of a combination of many of those reasons, but there seems to be one common denominator: Small churches think small. Or I should say, “smaller churches think small”.
There are some churches that are 1,000, 2,000 or even larger that are no larger than they are because they still think small. They have grown in-spite of themselves. Their small thinking keeps them from being churches of 5,000 or 10,000. At the same time, there are some churches of 100, 200 or 500 that in all reality should be much smaller, but because they think “big”, they have grown.
Here are 10 examples of how small churches think small in contrast to how large churches think:
Small Church — Large Church
Last minute — Advance planning
Assume everyone knows — Assumes nothing
Makes excuses for failures — Honest evaluations
Staff does everything — Utilizes volunteers
Fears upsetting members — Fears the lost going to hell
Postpones making strategic decisions until everyone is on board — Leadership leads
Refuses to remove ineffective leadership — Does what’s best for ministry
Doesn’t hold staff accountable — High value on accountability
Refuses to call volunteers to high level of commitment — Realizes people respond when adequately challenged & trained
Often talk about quality, seldom about quantity — Knows numbers represent lives
The key for many churches to experience the growth God desires for them is for the leadership to learn to think “big”. The best way to change your thinking: Be around people who think the way you want to think.
WE CAN HELP YOU THINK BIG!