I received an email from a parishioner asking me about The Progressive Christian magazine. I had received some announcements about it in several mailings, so I thought I’d check out some of the articles. One in particular caught my attention.
Usually, one doesn’t think of progressive Christians being the biggest supporters of megachurches, so I was surprised to see an article by Dr. Scott Thumma, Learning from the Megachurches: An Emphasis on Vitality, Not Size. He shares a lot of good thoughts. You’ll want to read the whole article, but here are the bullet points he makes:
- Don’t strive for size; strive to serve God.
- Know your audience and speak their language.
- Make it appealing and welcoming, then make it serious and challenging.
- Church is more than just a “Sunday thing.”
- Create participants rather than members.
- Get new attendees involved.
- Connect the congregation.
- Growth in the faith isn’t just for new Christians; it’s for the saints too.
- Empower people to identify and live out their calling.
- Whatever you do – do it with quality.
I think these are all worthy of a few moments of reflection wherever it is that you serve. Rural, urban, suburban, and small towns could all learn something from these points.