Before we get to the main point, a qualifier. The last thing I want to do with this post is to start a debate on small church v. large church. We’ve had them before on other posts and keyboards have been set on fire on other blogs over this issue. No more, OK?
So, for the record:
There are lots of great small churches.
There are lots of great large churches.
There are some bad small churches.
There are some bad big churches.
There is no perfect or biblical number for church size.
No one can claim moral high ground in this discussion.
Can we agree on that? And even if you have different views, can we please not be disagreeable?
Once and for all, size doesn’t determine how significant your ministry is.
Rather, size becomes relevant only for those who are attempting to reach their community.
If you’re going to reach your community, you’re going to grow.
And if you’re going to grow, you have to figure out why certain things make a church grow and why certain things curtail growth.