fsac.1a34277      John Vachon    1942 or 1943       Church near Junction City, Kansas

Are You Prepared to Lead a Small Church?

Karl Vaters writes that seminaries often focus on helping pastors prepare to lead larger congregations or to grow small congregations into large ones. However, 80-90% of pastoral ministry students will never pastor a church that is larger than 250 people. In fact, most pastors will at one point or another minister in a small church. Vaters suggests that pastors should be prepared to graciously lead small churches since they are often the norm.

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Why this matters for church leaders:

Small churches are easy to overlook in seminary, but they are the reality for the vast majority of pastors.

  • Will you ever go small? There’s a chance that most pastors will minister in a smaller congregation or help start a smaller congregation that grows. Don’t view a small congregation as a failure. It’s the norm for most pastors.
  • Do you have the right leadership style? Leadership styles change as churches grow. Have you been primarily trained to lead a larger church? As you evaluate your plans and strategies, make sure they match your church size.
  • Are you ready to plant? Church leaders should value small churches right from the start since church planting is effective for reaching new people with the Gospel. Leaders who understand the challenges of small churches are best suited to mentor church planters.

What can you do to help train more leaders of small churches?  

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  • Freddy February 26, 2016 Reply

    In 2000 I started to help and lead the praise and worship team in the small church capacity of 15 people give and take. I started the praise and worship team from the ground up teaching the youth to form the praise band and vocals. Since then till now I’m still helping other small churches to train their praise and worship leader and team members. I know how it feels but at the end of the day all of us who are humble enough to serve the Lord in a meaningful ways will be bless.

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