Those of you who follow my other blog, Christianity 201, know that I have a high respect for people who keep a tight spiritual focus on their social media. If you’re a pastor who also enjoys NASCAR, in my view that’s two blogs, not one; and possibly two Twitter feeds as well.
I only follow about 100 people on Twitter, but through hearing about a small church conference several weeks ago, Karl Vaters ( @KarlVaters ) came to be one of them. He also blogs at NewSmallChurch.com. Despite the preponderance of mega-sized places of worship, churches with less than 100 adults present on Sunday morning is the reality at about a quarter of all U.S. churches and nearly half of all Canadian churches. As Karl states in one article, the contrast can be confusing:
…[I]n any city where there is a church of 10,000, there aren’t just 100 Small Churches with 10,000 people attending – there are probably 1,000 Small Churches with 100,000 people attending. That’s reality. Small Churches outnumber megachurches by 1,000 to 1. And Small Church members outnumber megachurch members by 10 to 1.
Although I think his target audience is pastors and church leaders, he posts some great links that I think many of you might enjoy…
- Forget the 200 Barrier – Small Churches Need to Break Through the Grasshopper Barrier. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2Tx
- This is a great reminder that the bible events happened in real time and real life. pic.twitter.com/wKHGXXMkV2
- Reaching the World for Jesus is Too Important for Megachurches to Do Alone. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2Ve
- The church was never meant to be a religious stage show. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-33r
- Here’s some help for overcoming preacher’s block this Christmas. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-uZ
- When people come to church at Christmas, they’re coming for the Jesus stuff. Let’s make sure they get it. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-32H
- What a Rabbi Taught Me About Keeping Christ In Christmas. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-32H pic.twitter.com/ryeHa762j8
- Pastors, do you get upset with people on phones & tablets in church? Don’t try to stop it, figure out how to make use of it.
- Even in the Old Testament, keeping the rules has never been the point – it’s always been about relationship.
- My Church IS Growing, It’s Just Not Getting Bigger. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-q7 pic.twitter.com/I6lYDXpJvC
- The Elements of a Healthy Small Church – And the Hidden Agenda that Can Kill It. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2h1 pic.twitter.com/8VS4Qi64hH
- The Christmas Story doesn’t start with Luke 1:1 or Matthew 1:1. It starts with Genesis 1:1.
- Numbers matter. But they’re not the only thing that matters. And they need to be applied properly. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-30X
- The problems most people have with Small Churches aren’t about size, they’re about sickness. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2YI
- For many world-changers, like the Pilgrims, action comes first. A plan comes later. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2Yq
- Healthy Small Churches relentlessly monitor their schedules to reduce ministry clutter. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2XD
- A clear change process gives a church a path to follow. It reassures the timid & inspires innovators. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2WL
- “If I Were to Preach at a Pastors’ Conference.” A Great reminder from
@scottslayton for those who do. http://www.scottslayton.net/2013/11/14/preach-pastors-conference
- Two great stories of Small Church pastors who overcame megachurch jealousy. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2Uc
- Do I stay, or do I go? It’s one of the toughest questions a pastor has to face. http://wp.me/p2MhBu-2Rd
Well…that’s enough to get you started. Or simply subscribe to Karl’s blog or Twitter.
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