Dr. Stephen A. Robinson, author
Why write a book about church growth? There are so many books about how to grow a church and what you need to do and not to do. I have read most of them and while some have helped, most cannot pinpoint exactly what’s required in order to grow an effective ministry. This book is not so much about church growth as it is about a journey forward into God’s will. It is more about staying the course despite setbacks and discouragements. It’s about perseverance - one of those words church planters often hear but until you come face-to-face with your giant it means nothing. I am just a man who grew up in New England. I was raised in an ethnic denominational church whose mission was to convert people like them. It was a narrow view, so narrow that many times I felt I didn’t belong there. I felt like Abram when God told him to leave his kinfolk behind and go to the place called “There”. Finding the elusive place called “There” consists of a journey on which you must let go of your preferences and find a place where you fit in, even though you have never been there before. Many pastors and church planters believe that if they don’t grow their organization to a thousand people they have failed. The truth that no one seems to admit is that 90% of all churches in America are under 500 people. That’s right - 500 people! Maybe instead of trying to reach one thousand our goal should be 500 and under. That’s a reasonable objective - one that I believe will eliminate the pressure of trying to be greater than that elusive 5%. This is where the idea of a mega-small church becomes attractive. A Mega-Small church is one that’s big enough to impact your neighborhood and perhaps your city but small enough so that you don’t lose focus about what it means to be a community within a community. If that sounds achievable and inspiring, then this book is for you!