As we said in Monday's post, today's podcast is based on an article by Timothy Keller, New York City pastor and author, titled Leadership and Church Size Dynamics. This article describes churches at each size level, and identifies three things: 1) the character of a church that size 2) How that size church grows, and 3) what it takes for that size church to break through the barrier to the next size category.
Keller says that a 200church's character is highly relational. The people all want to know everyone in the church personally, and they feel responsible to be a part of any ministry or event that takes place. Communication is still informal, and the pastor is in the role of a shepherd.
Change still happens relationally and from the bottom up, and is processed by the whole congregation, and the leaders generally won't make a decision if it will cost them any church members.
How a 200church grows is that newcomer's are attracted by having relationships in the congregation. In churches under 100, people are attracted by having a personal relationship to the pastor.
What it takes to move a 200church across the 200 barrier and toward the 300 range is five-fold:
Is there anything in your 200church that is keeping it under 200 people? What is keeping your church from growing?
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