This week we’re talking about why small churches are better than big churches.
Small churches don’t have security guards in flack jackets at kids check in.
We do. Seriously . . . you should see the vests our security guards are sporting for 2010. They look like the latest in Kevlar protection! (I’m glad our security dudes have them . . . really . . . with so many kids coming and going we need to make sure that our kids are secure and seen to be secure.) I know that not all churches do the security vests but all big churches do have some team of people making sure someone doesn’t take the kids . . . they might even be dressed nice.
However . . . small churches don’t need this.
They don’t have them because people know each other. Deeper than just “knowing” people . . . there is ownership in small churches of the church. The people that attend own it. When someone new arrives people notice.
(I gotta admit . . . I’m kinda a sucker for the church experience where kids are chasing each other after the service . . . everybody feeling like that is a safe thing to do.)
This goes beyond the requisite “let’s all shake hands and welcome people” part of the church service that lots of churches (big and small) do.
People own things that they influence. Ownership happens when people have some of their own “skin in the game”.
Ownership is higher in small churches. How do we help people own “the church”?