Releasing The Power of The Smaller Church
When I was in Abilene this past week, I went to the Abilene Educational Supply. I love going there and buying books to read. I may mention some of the books that I've gotten over the next couple of months, but thought that one particular book would help those who are planting churches and those who are currently in smaller congregations. The book is entitled, "RELEASING THE POWER OF THE SMALLER CHURCH," edited by Shawn McMullen.
I know we live in a world were everything has to be big. "Supersize me."
" I want the mega super bucket of popcorn and the bladder buster diet coke." We want the big screen plasma televisons with high definition. We want the biggest house on the block. We even measure success of the church on the size of the congregation.
The majority of churches in America are smaller churches (churches with an average worship attendance of 200 or below). I believe this book might be a good tool for your congregation if your congregation is 200 or under. I know and understand that not everything in the book will be useful for every congregation, for example, I work at a small country church and we would be our own small group. :-)
The questions I have for you ministers or those of you who attend smaller congregations are: What is the benefit of a small congregation over a larger congregation or vice versa? Is it easier for a smaller congregation to find it's talents? What about getting lost in the crowd? Is is easier to "get connected"? When someone is sick, how do people know about it? How do people pray together? What about the love and unity of a small congregation? Is there a difference between a small and large congregation in this area? Are there different styes of leaderships depending on the size of the congregation? Ministers, what have you found most difficult or challenging? Why? Are there some benefits of a Mega-Church or a larger congregation? What would they be? Do sometimes we compare our small churches to the Mega-churches? What can happen when we do that? What happens when we base the health of a congregation on its size?
What do you think?
Share your thoughts.