Q Ideas recently posted a great article titled “Why Small Churches Are the Next Big Thing,” which is worth your look. In the mega church movement of the past twenty years we’ve been led to believe that large churches that provide anonymity are the best way to reach people. In some ways, this has been true of the baby boomer generation. But Karl Vaters, the author of the article, proposes that small churches are best suited to reach those in the millennial generation for two reasons: intimate worship and genuine relationships.
Being on the pastoral team of Pioneer Memorial Church, which has over 3,600 members, I can confirm that the relationship part definitely can be challenging. In a large church it’s difficult to sit next to the same people every week, and so connecting can become a little more difficult. Smaller churches have a huge advantage in this sense.
Vaters mentions a huge warning, though: “Millennials won’t give up quality to gain intimacy.”
The generation that has grown up using computers, iPods and iPads are used to quality, but these are all things that a small church can also do. Make sure to check out the rest of the article here.
So if you pastor in a small church, take heart: you just may be positioned to make the bigger impact with this generation.
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