Bigger churches aren’t necessarily better. Smaller churches aren’t necessarily broken, stuck or ineffective.
Effective churches exist in all shapes and sizes. Including churches that haven’t grown numerically in a while.
But the myths persist. Especially the myth that if a church is healthy it will get bigger. And the corresponding myth that if a church isn’t getting bigger it’s either a problem to be fixed (at best) or it’s beyond fixing and needs to be closed.
It doesn’t matter if there’s other evidence of health outside the numbers. For too many of us, church size is the primary (or only) factor in determining the health and value of a local congregation.
This thinking is not just mistaken, it’s dangerous. History has regularly shown us that any time we equate bigger with better in the kingdom of God, it leads to problems. Big problems.
Today, there are a handful of unintended consequences that result from the almost universal and seldom questioned assumption that church growth always means bigger churches.
Here are just a few….
History has regularly shown us that any time we equate bigger with better in the kingdom of God, it leads to problems.
— Karl Vaters (@KarlVaters) January 23, 2019