There is no shame or sin for a church to be small. But it also has to happen at other times. You can meet them, or you can change them. Authenticity is synonymous with sincerity, transparency, vulnerability, etc. The issue is really about identity. Our main weakness is perception. When he minimizes preaching he contradicts his own advice in chapter five about the need for high theological accountability.
In a day and age when the mega-church is presented as the ideal ministry model, and celebrity pastors crowd the conference scene and monopolize American Christianity's attention, and small churches are viewed as not reaching their pote Brandon J. No reason to be purposely small, necessarily, but we can be strategically small. That said, I agreed with much of what was written about the intergenerational ministry potential of the smaller church, as well as opportunities for leadership development. The youth learn a vocabulary and a world view that will enable to encounter life from the perspective of faith. Instead he writes from experience and observation substantiated by interviews with others doing small church ministry.
Over 120 kids regularly attend Safeplace during the school year, and there are even more in the summer day camp. And perhaps the strongest point is about leadership development: if one celebrity leader calls the shots and preaches to a large crowd, the church may struggle to give space for leaders to develop, and for their people to incarnationally scatter and spread into the world. That said, he does bring some balance back into local church leadership. As a dear friend and mentor of mine likes to say, you can do two things with expectations. Mega-church pastors speak at all the conferences and write all the books.
The Strategically Small Church will encourage small-church pastors in their ministries and challenge them to play to their strengths. In large congregations, the generations have few opportunities to intermingle. Not just advantages like fewer people problems or less debt, but strategic advantages in fulfilling the Great Commission. In the Christian world bigger seems to be better. Randolph Richards, of Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes and Paul Behaving Badly, as well as the author of The Strategically Small Church.
Realizing that the kingdom of God extends far beyond its small means the small-church leader is free to embrace the more limited role of changing lives in the community for Christ. There was already a Bosnian church plant in the neighborhood and a ministry to the homeless. Pastor O'Brien understands that the success of a church cannot be measured by numbers - attendants, offerings, buildings, square feet. The small church does not set itself to change the world. Instead of overlooking these qualities and trying to act like a megachurch, O'Brien argues, small churches should accept and build upon the natural characteristics of a small church.
The small church combines generations in intimate relationships where the faith can be passed on from one to another. Full of anecdotes and real-church situations that illustrate the main points. He began doing small-church ministry as a student pastor. In the Christian world bigger seems to be better. I have some bad news for you: They already do. O'Brien is a pastor of a relatively small church.
O'Brien is a pastor of a relatively small church. One thing that I truly like is the emphasis made on intergenerational focus. In other words, intergenerational relationships within the church are an important factor in making sure young people keep the faith. O'Brien seeks to show that the number one problem with small churches is not their size, but their perception of who they are. We all strike out from time to time.
Mega-churches regular attendance over 2,000 make up less than one half of one percent of churches in America. This book is written from outside the usual group of small-church writers and from a different perspective. The intimate, nimble, authentic, effective small church is the perfect incubator to train new leaders who can continue to guide the local small church in those traits. Instead of providing more exciting age specific ministries, find ways of bringing the generations together. He does come close saying that homosexuality is unchristian at one point, so know yourself and what you are willing to translate or overlook for purposes of learning across dogmatic lines. It also means that the membership is the ministry much more than in the large church.