Five Examples of Small Victories in Struggling Churches

Episode #068
November 22, 2018
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Churches often underestimate how small wins can create momentum—to the point where they don’t even recognize the victories. Today we discuss what small wins to look for, what to do, and how to celebrate them.

Today’s Listener Question:


I pastor a small, rural church. We are trying to revitalize, but it’s not easy. You’ve mentioned in previous episodes about the importance of celebrating even the small wins. What are some examples of those?

Episode Highlights:

  • Be creative and try to use your church facility to bless the community in every way possible.
  • Your church building is the best resource you have to minister to your community.
  • There are kids in every community. There are always ways you can minister to kids and their families.
  • If your community has holiday parades or festivals, figure out a way to be involved in some way.

The five small wins we cover are:

  1. Using the facilities for the community
  2. Transfer of leadership to those who actually live in the community
  3. Older adults beginning a children’s ministry
  4. Becoming involved in and contributing to community events
  5. Becoming a friend to single parents

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