Are Large Churches Out of Touch with Small Churches?

While many large churches generously provide help for small churches or offer training events for all types of ministries of various sizes, the pastors of small churches have found that too often large churches are out of touch with their limitations. While small churches would love to try some big church ideas, they have often found that ideas such as video announcements, professional signage, or matching highly skilled experts to positions are rarely helpful.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Whether you are a large church or a small church, pastors can benefit from more conversations about how each church can effectively adapt the materials and methods of different congregations.

  • That Won’t Work for Us: Beware dismissing the methods or tools of a different church too quick. Just setting up a trial period could help you figure out the best adaptation.
  • Don’t Chase Everything: The other extreme would be the church that jumps on too many new church trends. Consider appointing a committee that can make periodic recommendations on potential changes.
  • Identify Weak Points: Every church has its weak points where the ideas of another church can help, but it may pay off in the long term to be selective about the solution you choose.

Is there a conversation you can have in the new year with another local pastor about what does and does not work for your respective churches so that you can compare notes?

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