Leveraging Your Size
Ok, that title sounds a little weird… But it’s a little bit of what I shared at Community Christian Church’s staff meeting yesterday as I discussed some of the lessons we’re learning through our ongoing journey of growth at The Orchard.
Here are a few of those thoughts:
You can’t lead a church of 200 or 300 like you would lead a church of 5,000.
The truth is, most of us would utterly fail if we tried leading a church of 5,000 because it’s the journey of growing that God uses to grow US as leaders so that we’re prepared and equipped to lead at a larger level.
My “natural” strength as a leader and pastor is to be big picture focused, entrepreneurial, culture shaping and driven. But there were seasons when we were smaller that what our church needed was not “Scott the visionary leader”, but “Scott the pastor.” We need to be sensitive to this and make sure we’re not so far ahead in the way we lead that we fail to gain momentum in our churches.
Some say that we should lead our churches as through they are twice the size they are. This is probably good advice when it comes to things like systems and organization. But I have to wonder where the balance is to that when it comes to how we lead and relate to our staff and leaders.
The 200-500 range is a CRUCIAL time for our churches. Our church cultures are shaped and created at this stage – which is why we have to be sensitive in how we lead.
There are unique ways you can leverage being small that you will never have the opportunity to leverage again.
Don’t be so focused on getting to the “next level” that you miss out on leveraging opportunities that will in turn build great momentum for the future.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!