One of the books that has had profound impact on me is The Great Giveaway by David Fitch. As well, my Allelon interview and then lunch conversation with David last month was one of the things that prompted my post, The People formerly known as… (See the right sidebar for links to the now seven posts from seven different authors).
David is a seminary prof, a writer, blogger and a co-pastor (with three others) of Life on the Vine in the NorthWest suburbs of Chicago.
This morning, David has posted, It is More Difficult: Why Missional Community is More Difficult and Why I Love It.
It is more difficult to take 10 people and grow a living organic body of Christ to 150 than it is to transplant 200 or 300 people (or I have heard even 600-800) and then grow that congregation to 5,000. Because a crowd draws a crowd. And if you have all the bells and whistles, 5 pastors and a youth program, all from day one, and a charismatic speaker with spiked hair (no shot intended at anyone in particular) and you don’t mind putting the smaller less flashy community churches out of business, it will be harder to stop attracting a big crowd from all the people who want Christianity to be more fun and mesmerizing. BTW did you know that the statistics say that small church growth (from 10-150) is where the true conversions (as opposed to transfer growth) come from? Why then do evangelicals exalt the mega congregations as the answer to reaching those outside of Christ?