For a long time we have wondered why there has not been (m)any podcasts created to encourage pastors of SMALLER churches. More than 75% of the churches in America are under 200 people, yet most ministry podcasts come from leaders of churches over 10,000, which account for only the top one tenth of one percent of churches in our country!
Actually, 94% of churches in the U.S. are under 500 people. Think for a moment, how many podcasts are directed at those pastors, not to encourage them to grow bigger, but for the sole purpose of affirming them, encouraging them, and validating their importance in the Kingdom of God - just the way they are? We have not discovered one, amazingly! There may be one, or some, but we haven't found them.
We have not created a podcast and blog designed to push pastors to grow their churches. Instead, we think pastors of smaller churches need to be affirmed, supported, and encouraged. They need to recognize the immense Kingdom value of their leadership and their church - in their community.
We are not putting a premium on stagnancy or smallness, but we do think that way too many pastors of smaller churches come away from the majority of leadership resources out there feeling guilty, inadequate, and incompetent to "grow a bigger church". God doesn't create every church to be "bigger", but we think he wants to use every pastor and every congregation, no matter the size, to minister boldly for the Kingdom of God in their community!
We want to encourage these pastors to be the best leaders of their 50, 100, 150, or 200 member churches they can be - knowing that their pastoral leadership matters huge in the Kingdom of God!
That's why we started the 200churches Podcast and Blog - to encourage and support lay pastors, bi-vocational pastors, and solo pastors in smaller churches. So many great Christian leaders have come from small, humble churches. In your smaller church, what is God doing as He works to build his Kingdom of Christ followers? Your 200church matters!
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