Leadership & Church Size Dynamics

One of the most common reasons for pastoral leadership mistakes is blindness to the significance of church size. Size has an enormous impact on how a church functions. There is a “size culture” that profoundly affects how decisions are made, how relationships flow, how effectiveness is evaluated, and what ministers, staff, and lay leaders do.

We tend to think of the chief differences between churches mainly in denominational or theological terms, but that underestimates the impact of size on how a church operates. The difference between how churches of 100 and 1,000 function may be much greater than the difference between a Presbyterian and a Baptist church of the same size. The staff person who goes from a church of 400 to a church of 2,000 is in many ways making a far greater change than if he or she moved from one denomination to another.

A large church is not simply a bigger version of a small church. The difference in communication, community formation, and decision-making processes are so great that the leadership skills required in each are of almost completely different orders.

via Leadership & Church Size Dynamics | The Resurgence.

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  • PastorShane January 28, 2013 Reply

    our little country church is growing…. quickly…. and I have experienced exactly what this article is teaching.
    my “job description” drastically shifts every year ~ as the church grows ~ so do the needs of the church.
    I confess to being “slow” to grap the leadership shifts ~ anticipating next years “needs” is not something I excel at.
    right now I am just trying to figure out what to do with all the cars ~ our parking lot simply isn’t adequate.
    anyway, I appreciated the article and will hang on to it for “continuing educational” purposes”

  • davepatchin January 29, 2013 Reply

    As always Keller is brilliant. Having lead in churches from 125 to 7K, this is spot on. You can download the whole 15 page aricle e-book here: http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/free-resources-pastors/160673-free-ebooklet-leadership-and-church-size-dynamics-by-timothy-keller.html

    Todd…sorry for plugging another sites resource. I hope that is okay.

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