Over the next few weeks I will be writing my thoughts and experiences about having a growing church in a small venue. For the purposes of this blog I will define a small venue as one that seats less than 200 people. Like it or not, the size of your venue will greatly alter the culture of your church. A small venue can be a trap that forever snares a church as a “small church.” Many churches have a much larger vision than their facilities, but because of the venue they get trapped in a small church culture. The small church culture then chokes the life out of the big dreams and vision of the church. I believe there are several cultural points that have to be dealt with to ensure the vision and culture stay in alignment to cultivate an atmosphere of growth.
Here is the list of upcoming blogs:
– Excellence (Sloppy is bigger in a smaller venue)
– Energy/Atmosphere (It’s not in your facility, you will have to create it)
– Awkward Vision (Yes, I know there are only 8 people in the room, but you will have to cast a big vision anyway)
– OMG Kids (the g is for goodness and not God cause that would be sacrilegious)
My qualifications on this subject are as follows:
– I pastor a church of 350 people in a venue that comfortably holds 150 chairs. If we max out the chairs and diminish aisle ways we can get an extra 20-25 chairs. A comfortable seating arrangement is approximately 150 chairs.
– Our total square footage is 7,000 sq ft. When we started it was 5,600 sq ft.
– Our largest crowd to date has been 530 people in a facility that comfortably seats less than 200.
Let’s talk… would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on the subject.
2 thoughts on “Big Church in a Small Venue”
It’s a nice problem to have. How are you doing at getting your people connected with each other?
Here at the Lazarus Project, we just wrote a piece for tomorrow’s post, “Family of Friends” (as opposed to “Christians Anonymous”). We are horizontalchurch.com. We pray for and encourage local churches to consider Jesus’ three-fold prayer for us to be one and his three-fold command to love one another, that the world may believe.”
We connect people through small groups. We do free market groups and offer 3 small group semesters per year. A large portion of our congregation is connected through either a serve team, ministry team, or small group.