Four Simple Steps to Becoming a Great Church

Becoming a big church is hard. Becoming a great church is simple. Not easy, but simple.


We make church harder than it needs to be.

Why? I think a lot of it has to do with our size obsession.

We’ve convinced ourselves that it’s not possible to become a great church without becoming a big church. But the truth is, any church can become great. No matter what size it is.

Big and Great Aren’t the Same

It’s hard to become and maintain a big church. There’s a very long, difficult, complex list of circumstances that must converge before bigness can happen. I outlined some of those circumstances in my recent post, Two Lists: One for a Healthy Church, One for a Big Church – And They Don’t Overlap.

It’s also difficult to become a great church. But it’s far less complicated to become great than to become big.

No, big and great are not mutually exclusive. Big churches can be great and great churches can become big. But they’re not synonymous, either. Not all great churches become big and not all big churches are great.

The Elegant Simplicity a Great Church

Becoming a great church boils down to four very doable steps that can be written in one very short sentence.

Do the basics wholeheartedly and consistently for a long time.

If you were looking for something more detailed, complex or newfangled, I’m sorry to disappoint you.

Actually, no I’m not. I love the elegant simplicity of it.

Let’s break that sentence down into its four component parts.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Karl Vaters