Big churches didn't create the problems facing today's congregations. But our obsession with size has come at a great cost.
We're obsessed with bigness. Supersized meals and TV screens. Square footage. And big churches. "What's the size of your church?" That question has stirred insecurities or stroked the ego of too many pastors.
For a long time, we thought bigger was better. "Church growth" and "numbers" dominated our thoughts and conversations. But more than ever, people are feeling disconnected. Trust in the church is dwindling.
In De-Sizing the Church, pastor Karl Vaters takes us on a multi-faceted journey through our centuries-long obsession with size, both in and outside the church, and how it has negatively affected those who serve and worship in big and small congregations alike. He also dispels some prevailing myths and affirms what was good and true about the Church Growth Movement. And he invites us to consider how removing church size from the equation can be an essential element in rebuilding trust, restoring relationships, and renewing our spiritual lives.
This book reframes the way we see the size of our churches and helps us see health and fruitfulness through de-sized lenses. The result? Renewed congregations that reach surrounding communities and faithfully engage culture.