Brad Powell’s book, Change Your Church for Good, is actually a revised edition of a 2007 book by the same name. Essentially, it is just another book about how a pastor took a struggling church, made a few tweaks, and it is now a thriving mega church. The emphasis is on developing leaders and casting vision for the future. It’s a decent book if you’ve never read a book about such things.
However, as with all such books, the strong implication is that if you make similar changes, your church can become “mega” too.
To be frank, I’m tired of these kinds of books. I am sure Brad Powell is an excellent pastor, a great man, and a fine leader. He’s a fairly decent writer, handsome, and has done quite well in becoming the pastor of a mega church. I wish him continued success.
But the truth is that for every pastor who changes a struggling church into a mega church, there are a 1000 pastors who do the same things, lead the same way, and try the same changes, but still see their church decline. It’s not just about working harder, or having bigger faith, or pressing on until you see the blessing, or choosing leaders carefully, or sharing your life, or being passion ate when nobody else seems to care (all things Powell talks about in his book). Lots of pastors do these things, and their churches still die.
So what’s the answer?
Maybe, just maybe….our goal should not be to become a mega church. (Gasp!) Maybe, just maybe, the sign of success is not necessarily a bigger budget, bigger buildings, and more people. (Double gasp!) Maybe, just maybe, size has nothing to do with church effectiveness, and even if you get more bodies, bucks, and bricks, you still may not have a “church.”
I’m beginning to think that the key to being a church is not getting more people into the church building, but getting more people out. When is someone going to write a book called, Close Your Church for Good?….that’s a book I’d like to read. Maybe I’ll write it.