Why Are There So Many Unhealthy Small Churches?

These thoughts are not my own but I thought I’d share them with you. Pastor Karl Vatters writes this on his Small Church Ministry blog at Christianity Today:

“I like the idea of small churches. But if they’re so great, why do I see so many more unhealthy small churches than unhealthy big churches?” A small church pastor asked me that question recently. Not from cynicism or unkindness. It was out of genuine concern for a reality he saw.

To be honest, it’s a reality we all see. The vast majority of unhealthy churches are small. That’s unarguably true. What’s not true is his concern that most small churches are unhealthy. There’s a very clear explanation as to why there are so many more unhealthy small churches than unhealthy big churches. 90 percent of unhealthy churches are small because 90 percent of ALL churches are small.

It’s that simple. Small churches outnumber megachurches by such massive amounts that there are more of every kind of small church than there are of the same kinds of megachurches. Read further

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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