Mega-Madness and Meaningless Mania

I have come to realize I will never be the pastor of a mega-church. But I can pastor a church with a mega-heart. I have to admit I have listened to those who describe smaller churches as inferior churches, and that any healthy thing grows. Any healthy thing does grow…to its healthy, mature size. When something is bigger than it should be, it is a freak of nature. Something is wrong, just as something is wrong when you don’t grow enough, or at least to a healthy size.

I should have read Tim Keller’s words years ago: “To impose a size culture practice on a church that does not have that size will wreak havoc on it and eventually force the church back into the size with which the practices are compatible.” I think most of the havoc has been wreaked on me. But it was a self-inflicted wound. I don’t blame these super creative, gifted, giants of Christendom. After all, we mere mortals always see ourselves as grasshoppers when gazing upon these Nephilim. And dare I quote it, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

Yes, “They were a people strong and numerous, and tall…”

Do I want my church to grow? Yes. But if the size of the body outgrows the size of the heart, it won’t be around long. Maybe I need to back up, and see that we develop a mega-heart first before we start building “iron beds thirteen feet long and six feet wide.”

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5 Responses to Mega-Madness and Meaningless Mania

  1. chris says:

    interesting to me is when people talk about “church growth” are they really talking about growing The Church, or “their” church?

  2. Kim says:

    Great words, Tim!!
    Love the thought of not pushing the body-size beyond the heart-size! And I love the focus of developing a mega-heart!!! (Sounds like Freedom & keeping His love the main thing… Sounds like the best idea ever!:) Appreciate you guys!

  3. Nori says:

    I love the way you put this Tim. I believe if we stay focused, by God’s grace we won’t go wrong.

  4. timholt says:

    Thanks, Kim. Just some thoughts. I do want our church to grow, but as you said with a big heart to boot!

  5. timholt says:

    It is a temptation, since most pastors want to be successful. I used to not use the term “my church,” but realized I am going to stand before God on how I pastored it. Therefore, I guess in a way (responsibility wise), it is mine. The rub comes in the challenge of motivations. I’m not sure any of us is so healthy we can completely separate what is selfish (look at MY church and how big it is), and what is a good desire to see more people come to Christ, and also be discipled into fully functioning members of the body of Christ. Therefore, let’s just get on with it!

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