By Ray Hollenbach on Mar 19, 2019
We've lined up the chairs in neat little rows and called it grace. We never noticed: it has broken free.
By Rev J.r. Vassar on Jan 24, 2017
From small mistakes to colossal meltdowns, we are all too familiar with the pain and shame of failure.
By Marshall Segal on Aug 29, 2016
We tend to think our dreams were too big when we were young, say when we were six, and too small as we get older. But maybe our dreams never reach high enough.
By Sermoncentral on Jan 14, 2021
When it comes to small groups, what works for big churches may not work for small churches.
By Sermoncentral on Apr 19, 2021
Where are all the great small churches?
Would you know one if you saw one?
They exist. There’s no doubt about that. There are great small churches in every country, serving every ethnic group and in virtually every language. They worship in every imaginable liturgical style and they meet in every type of building – including no building at all.
By James Emery White on Sep 23, 2017
"Regardless of the type of small group ministry you may have, there are three foundational questions that must be settled for maximum effectiveness and clear focus––yet seldom are. And they are foundational questions because they speak to the heart of your philosophy of ministry."
By Ron Edmondson on Jan 4, 2017
Sometimes people don’t know how well they are doing.
By Sermoncentral on May 10, 2016
The problems most people have with small churches aren’t about size, they’re about sickness. And sickness can happen in churches of any size.
By Chris Surber on Nov 19, 2018
God uses big churches for certain Kingdom jobs, and God uses little churches for specific assignments.
By Brandon O'brien on Feb 19, 2018
Brandon O'Brien offers five strengths that he believes are inherent in small congregations, which can leverage these characteristics for ministry success.
By John Gilman Ii on May 9, 2016
Small groups help churches grow because they help strangers become great friends. People stay at churches where they find friends because friendship covers a multitude of sins. Small groups involve us in others’ lives and really invest us in the church. These friendships eventually turn into deep, meaningful connections that can last a lifetime.
By Glenn Packiam on Aug 16, 2016
Small groups are a perfect example of how pastors may learn from researchers. At many church conferences, pastors speak confidently of their latest, greatest small group model, sure that it is the new breakthrough in discipleship.
By Joe Mckeever on Feb 6, 2018
After working for years among hundreds of small congregations, Joe McKeever speaks to the subtle growth barriers that tend to go unnoticed or unaddressed in stagnant churches.
By Sermoncentral on Jan 23, 2019
If your church is healthy, quit stressing about getting bigger. God may not be calling you to bigness.
By Karl Vaters on Apr 24, 2017
Principles that make sense in a big church don't always work in a smaller one.