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Think Small, Think Again!

Season 2, Ep. 5022

Think Small? Think Again!

I’ve mostly pastored large churches in suburban neighborhoods. However, my last church plant was in an urban area and the congregation remained under 300 people during my tenure. Frankly, that church was the most fun to pastor.

In both earlier plants, we grew very quickly so I never experienced the life of a pastor in a smaller congregation. As I’ve become aware of the 90 million Americans living in small towns and rural areas, I’m thinking about all the fun I’ve missed.

Not for a New York minute do I regret the larger churches I’ve pastored—each was unique, and the people were blessings from God. But I’m re-thinking how we approach church planting in ways that go beyond the suburbs into urban, small town and rural areas.

If you pastor a smaller congregation you may believe that your efforts are less significant than those of your peers in larger settings. If that’s you, you should count your blessings. The big boys are copying you at this very moment.

Larger churches, including megachurches, imitate small churches all the time.

The most obvious imitation is the area of READ MORE AT RALPHMOORE.NET

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Myron Pierce struggled to become the biggest drug dealer in North Omaha, Nebraska.Both his parents were deep into drugs, but his grandmother was a strong spiritual influence. An influence he would need upon finding himself in prison for a very long time.In prison, he surrendered his life to the Lord. That day he committed to planting churches though he barely knew what that meant. Upon “graduation,” seven years later he came under the influence of Ron Doetzler who discipled him and guided him into the schooling which would set him up for business and disciplemaking. Today, Myron is a “hope dealer” in the neighborhood where he once dealt drugs. COVID-19 is hitting urban neighborhoods with a vengeance, yet Mission Church is prevailing. They’ve moved online in several ways. Like everyone else they’re doing Facebook Live, but Myron is on there for a half-hour every day. They’ve organized Facebook watch parties which prove extremely effective in expanding their network. Online attendance currently stands at over 2,500 people—a long way up from their normal 300 in church. They’re operating four live Facebook church services on Sundays to fit into the schedules of those still working. Myron saw opportunity to serve when the virus hit. Providing meals for children who aren’t being fed at school generated interest, and generous giving, from the larger community. The church distributed 5,000+ lunches in the past few days. The surrounding churches and the pre-Christian community are joining in. Did I mention that this kind of involvement feeds into the online church? And while most churches struggle through this thing, Mission Church’s offerings are up by 70 percent. Below is a list of links to various tools and agencies referenced in the podcasthttps://www.planningcenter.com/giving#pricing (Online Giving+ Txt Giving) 100 donations a month at $14/monthwww.slack.com (Organize conversations, share files, and get answers faster inSlack.)Slack has a free versionZoom.us (online communication tool for small group discipleship)Free up to one hour every sessionGroupme.com (GroupMebrings group text messaging to every phone. Group message with the people in your life that are important to you.)We use groupme to stay in touch with all of our disciples during the week.myronpierce.comSocial Media Marketing Tips/WebinarsSide Hustle Pastor Book available on www.amazon.comMission Church Facebook Page -https://www.facebook.com/thisismission.orgMission Church Facebook Group -https://www.facebook.com/groups/705294069664872/