In response to the question “Why do most churches stay small?”, Darrin Patrick said:
“Largely because most pastors don't know how to build systems, structures, and processes that are not contingent upon them. Most pastors can care for people, but don't build systems of care. Most pastors can develop leaders individually, but lack the skill to implement a process of leadership development. When a pastor can't build systems and structures that support ministry, the only people who are cared for or empowered to lead are those who are “near” the pastor or those very close to the pastor. This limits the size of the church to the size of the pastor.”
Let's take a unfortunate but common example – someone hasn't been at church for a number of weeks. In this scenario at your church:
If it is up to the pastor to keep track of who has and hasn't been at church, the growth of the church will be limited to the number of people the pastor/s can keep track of.
This is one reason why churches systems and processes (‘Saves You Time, Stress and Money‘) are important. They are also a means of loving people, and will feed back into the overall health of the church.
Below are 25 common scenarios in church life (I've experienced them all!) that you could discuss with the leaders in your church to design some systems and processes (or formalise what's already happening).
As you discuss these scenarios, you might like to consider:
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