Tony Morgan is dissecting church growth – something I’ve very interested in myself. I’ve always believed the size of a church is directly proportional to the leadership in that church.
In my own experience, I recall being at an exciting, growing young church only to see progress halt when the ministry became “big” and “mature” enough to start forming stifling committees. The typical doctor/lawyer-type manipulative elders trying to reform the ministry to their own agenda didn’t help much, either.
Tony writes “In small churches, leaders are controlled. This typically happens through the way churches are structured. Instead of giving pastors and other ministry leaders the freedom to make decisions and make ministry happen, churches will add layers of boards and committees, rules and processes to prevent leaders from doing just about anything on their own. The smaller the church, typically, the more complex the structure.”