Smaller is Better
Most of my working years have been in churches that consider themselves large . . . at least large in the context that they serve. Not large in a “we’re buying a sports stadium” sort of way but large enough to be rare amongst our closest neighbor churches.
I am biased . . . I think that bigger churches represent health and growth. Healthy things grow.
But you know . . . smaller is better.
People choose to attend small churches way more than large churches! Almost 60% of people who attend church choose to attend a church smaller than 100 people. (If you look at churches less than 500 people . . . than the number if 95%!) They are picking against the large and deciding that smaller is better.
On the personal level . . . after years of listening to people who aren’t happy with a “big church” they always choose to go to some small church . . . not to the other “big church” 25 minutes down the road.
This week I want to explore some areas where I think “small church” has seriously outpaced “big church”. (and I’ll try to get through the week without just talking about getting people to attend small groups) Instead of looking to the churches of 10,000+ that literally 99.9% of all church goers decide against . . . I think we can learn something from the small.
How about you? Virtue in the small? Or Bigger is better?