I am just beginning a book titled Left Behind in a Megachurch World: How God Works through Ordinary Churches by Ruth Tucker. The author was formerly a professor at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I had the opportunity to hear her speak on two occasions while I was attending seminary in Grand Rapids.
The premise of the book is that God is working in small churches. In fact, the notes on the dust cover seem to hint that the author believes that God may actually be working in greater ways through smaller churches than through larger megachurches. After pointing out that only 2 percent of churches have over 1000 members and that the average church in America has less than 100 members, the back of the book reads:
After studying various smaller, “plateauing” churches from around the country, Ruth A. Tucker weaves together her interests in church growth and spiritual formation to show that smaller churches bear the greatest mantle for Christlikeness. Left Behind in a Megachurch World shatters the myth that only megachurches are leading the way for Jesus and shines a spotlight on ordinary churches doing extraordinary things.
Like I said, I have just started the book, so I have nothing specific to critique at this time. However, I do wonder what you think about small churches vs. megachurches. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? Does it seem like we measure success by numbers? Is this a good way to measure our success? What other ways can a church measure its success if not by numbers?