The Dynamics of Small Church Ministry

John M. Koessler | August 25, 2009

Small churches in the United States and Canada are a large proportion of the total number of churches and therefore deserve closer attention. A small church’s perception of itself is good in that it helps maintain a family atmosphere, but it can lend itself to pessimism in both pastor and people. Lay influence tends to be greater in a small church, a feature that can be cultivated to advantage through wise leadership. A small church pastor must accept his administrative responsibilities as well as his relational ones. He must know how to involve his people and impart his vision to them. Small churches that want to grow must ask themselves several probing questions in order to succeed in doing so. Service in a small church can be very rewarding.

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