preacher vs. people
most megachurches (if not all) are led by a senior pastor who has high visibility and preaches the majority of the time at weekly services [one notable exception is Newsong, where lead pastor + spiritual entrepreneur Dave preaches about just 20% of the time].. this is to say, one main ingredient (among many) is that a gifted preacher attracts a large crowd.. but with with an average American church size of 89, that means for every megachurch of 2000, there’s 100 regular-sized church averaging 70 in weekly attendance..
so for the 100 normal sized churches [which Barna labels as small churches], what keeps them there is probably not the gifted preacher, but more likely the people.. for most people in most churches [statistically], selecting a church is less about the preacher and value-added services + products, and more about the social connections in a church where people have their friends and family, be comfortable [less aggression], and maybe have a pastor who takes care of them (bless + match + marry + bury them).. [and theology or being missional doesn’t matter anyways, regardless of church size]..
extrapolate this dichotomy of the priority draw to churches: megachurch with its preacher, and normal-sized church with its people, what does this say about the emerging churches? most of the prominent voices of emerging churches are seemingly the gifted preacher variety and do a majority of the preaching/teaching, and most of them are normal sized.. definitely a different breed, and I wonder if there’ll be more emerging churches sprouting up soon that don’t have the gifted preacher/leader and just gifted people being missional with a normal/average leader.. (cf. microchurching, most churches don’t answer the phone, CT article on pastor’s self-perception as leader or shepherd, Supersize Church?)
wonder if there’ll be more emerging churches sprouting up soon that don’t have the gifted preacher/leader and just gifted people being missional with a normal/average leader
I love that, especially as I am at best an average leader and to some degree un-normal.
I wonder if there’ll be more emerging churches sprouting up soon that don’t have the gifted preacher/leader and just gifted people being missional with a normal/average leader.
This is what should have been all along but somewhere the professionals took over and thus the current church landscape. We must get to releasing the average and ordinary of which most of us are. only then will the world know this is a God thing.
MOST of the emerging churches I network with are a crew of very gifted people with a very average leader. Being missional is core to who they are, because being present to people (as Christ was present to people) is core to who they are. As a cultivator of one such crew I am SO grateful for this new paradigm! I didn’t realize that the prominent voices in the emerging church were otherwise….’course we are kinda snobby ’bout we we consider “emerging.” Most churches over 100 don’t fit our bill because they have a hard time remaining present to thier context/to people. Who are the prominent voices that I’m missing?