Doing the right things at the right time

When small churches look at big churches for new methods and insights on success in ministry, we can sometimes overlook the process that happened between small and large church growth. Doing the right things might help bring growth, but doing the right things at the wrong time might actually hurt you. A small church can only do small to medium church things. You just can't jump straight to big in most cases, and that's ok. Instead of trying to integrate megachurch methods into your ministry, figure out what medium size churches are doing.

I didn't mention praying here because I consider that a given, but pray. Pray pray pray!

Something that often negatively affects small churches is trying to do big church things in a small church. Here are a few things to consider:
  • If you can't man it, don't do it.
  • If a program isn't necessary to fulfill your vision, stop doing it.
  • If only one person knows how to do it, don't do it alone.
  • If there's a simpler option that costs more, don't rule it out.
  • If the end result makes you look worse, don't do it.
Instead, small churches should focus on doing the right things in their context.
  • Clarify the vision and define the win.
  • Develop more leaders who recruit more workers.
  • Make prayer and personal devotions a priority for leaders and workers.
  • Develop a process to retain more visitors.
  • Program around the vision and trim the fat.
  • Make lifestyle evangelism the norm.
  • Give people every reason to give and contribute.
At the end of the day, you should do things that help you score more wins for your church.

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