Church shrinkage Institute
Byron Harvey offers a great idea - instead of all these conferences from mega-church pastors telling us how they grew their suburban churches into these huge corporations, maybe we should have a "Church Shrinkage Institute."
I think that instead of listening to pastors who have marketed their churches well, targeted their building in the part of town that was growing the fastest, and grew the numbers in their churches to the size that impresses enough to offer a conference on church growth, we should listen to pastors who have sought to go against this tide, who purposely go to the marginalized in society, and who have small but genuine Christian churches that are impacting their local communities.
I think that instead of lists like "50 Most Influential Churches in America" or the "Top 20 Youth Ministers" (yikes! they actually have a list like that!!), we can list the pastors who love their people and seek to create authentic community in both small-town America and inner-city neighborhoods.
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