Episode 403: What Does Pastoral Care Looks Like as a Church Grows?

In Episode 403 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss providing pastoral care as your church plant grows.

“One of the biggest challenges I hear talking to other church planters that I see firsthand, is new people coming in tend to take a step back because it is a small family like atmosphere and they can’t hide whenever we gather together. What advice do you have on this?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How to provide pastoral care for different size churches
  • Ways to determine what leadership areas you can pass on to other leaders

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “When you are that size, don’t try to think that you can overcome the anonymity problem.” – @edstetzer
  • “Accentuate the positive in being a small family church and recognize you are going to reach the people who like that.” – @edstetzer
  • “Emphasize that familyness nature during the first season as a great blessing.” – @edstetzer
  • “There is a great sense of community and family that happens when you are under 50-75 people that you lose when you get over 100 people.” – @danielansgi
  • “We talk a lot about how to specifically help people move from being led by a shepherd to being led by a rancher.” – @edstetzer
  • “I think people deserve direct pastoral care, but it doesn’t always have to come from the lead pastor.” – @edstetzer
  • “Every time you do go on a pastoral care visit, do not go by yourself.” – @danielsangi
  • “At the 75 barrier, it’s no longer everyone coming to the pastor, but a shared leadership role.” – @edstetzer
  • “There is no more important ministry in the life of the church than small groups.” – @edstetzer
  • “Once you release things, you will actually have extra room to begin to move the church forward rather than put fires out everywhere.” – @danielsangi

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This Episode’s Sponsor: The Overcomer movie has inspired the creation of several resources. For small groups, there is the Overcomer Bible study. For individuals, there is a book called Defined. Both are based upon powerful insights from the Book of Ephesians. Learn more about all the resources at Lifeway.com/Overcomer.

Published July 11, 2019

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