Darrin Patrick was asked by Ed Stetzer – “why do churches stay small?”.
This was his response:
“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.”
If we want to grow our churches beyond the immediate sphere of the pastors, we need to develop systems.
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