Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better. Not necessarily. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values rather than biblical ones—size is not necessarily the best measurement of church health.
Is it sometimes OK for churches to be small? Absolutely. But before I give you three questions that can show if your small church is healthy, here are three questions that demonstrate when it is not OK for a church to stay small.
Is your church staying small even when the community around you is growing?
There is really no excuse for this. Every church in America has unchurched or de-churched people in its neighborhood. As the people of God, on mission with God, we are called to spread the good news and make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20).
Scripture reminds us that we are called to water and plant while recognizing that the actual growth is God’s business (1 Cor. 3:6). Let’s not blame our lack of growth on God’s will if we are not planting and watering in the first place.