TEASER: “Ya know, I think one of the greatest tragedies of the Church in America, is how many people TRY church out… they stick around for awhile… and then they eventually move on and STOP. And I think one of greatest reasons why they do that, is that they come to church, the PREACHING might be fine, the MUSIC might be fine; but the if the church is not successful at helping people to see the ROLE that THEY play in the Body of Christ… asking, “Why does this group of people need me here?… they’re almost never going to stick around.”
“Well here at Kirkmont, as some of you may know, we’re in a Sermon series called, “GOING SMALL TO GROW BIG”… the Life Changing Power of a Small Group. And we’re talking about the importance of connecting people to Small Groups. And the last two weeks we’ve been looking at how God’s Word is INVITING us, calling us to a community of FAITH that is deeper than what we can offer people here on Sunday morning.
And so we’re saying the way we seek to achieve that is through a Small Group Ministry.
And the last couple weeks we’ve been looking at how individual people… how us as individuals can GROW BIG by joining a small group. But this morning we’re going to spend just a few minutes together looking at how the Church as a whole can benefit–how the Church as a whole can GROW BIG from going small.
And the way we’re going to take a look at that is by tackling two myths. We’ll have these myths on the screen for you here. These myths come from… every once in a while I come across a book and it’s hard for me to get past some of the ideas that I encounter.
I came across a book called, “Sticky Church“ by a pastor named Larry Osborn, and he presented these two myths that I think Small Groups would help us break out of. And they are THE HOLY PASTOR MYTH and THE HOLY PLACE MYTH… showing us how going to Small Groups will help us break out of those. So first the…
If you take a look in your Bulletin, you open it up and you look in there and you’ll see next to my name the word, “REVEREND”. Let me tell you something, one of my goals here at Kirkmont is to shed the title Reverend. I’m trying to get it away from any of the things in writing. I don’t want people to call me that because I don’t want the pressure.
One of the things I’ve learned over the years about myself.. if anything I’ve learned about myself as a pastor is that I_AM_NOT_REVEREND… in fact, I’m very successful at reminding the congregation that I am not “reverend” and giving them opportunities to express FORGIVENESS and PATIENCE and those types of things.
And so many churches elevate the pastor to such a place… this “Holy Pastor Myth” that the Church then is limited in it’s ability to grow to the SIZE that one person can shepherd. What I mean by that is that for many churches, unless they shed that whole myth… they demand the pastor’s attention in each and every setting.