3 episodes

The only podcast for volunteers and lay leaders in small churches, this show is all about embracing small church ministry for what it should be - a unique place where God is already at work! Ministry mentor and pastor’s wife, Laurie Acker, shares why large church strategies don’t work in small churches and how to get moving on what does. Each episode dives into creative solutions to small church struggles with a mix of inspiration, leadership training, and actionable next steps to make an impact. Here’s to healthy small church ministry where you have all the volunteers you need to do exactly what God has in mind. Small church ministry isn’t less - but it is different. From the founder of The Creative Little Church website, Solutions & Support for Small Churches Facebook Community, and Small Church Summits offering interactive virtual conferences led by and for small church volunteers and lay leaders.

The Small Church Ministry Podcast Laurie Acker

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

The only podcast for volunteers and lay leaders in small churches, this show is all about embracing small church ministry for what it should be - a unique place where God is already at work! Ministry mentor and pastor’s wife, Laurie Acker, shares why large church strategies don’t work in small churches and how to get moving on what does. Each episode dives into creative solutions to small church struggles with a mix of inspiration, leadership training, and actionable next steps to make an impact. Here’s to healthy small church ministry where you have all the volunteers you need to do exactly what God has in mind. Small church ministry isn’t less - but it is different. From the founder of The Creative Little Church website, Solutions & Support for Small Churches Facebook Community, and Small Church Summits offering interactive virtual conferences led by and for small church volunteers and lay leaders.

    003: Debunking The 80/20 Rule (It’s Not a Rule; It’s A Symptom)

    003: Debunking The 80/20 Rule (It’s Not a Rule; It’s A Symptom)

    The biggest struggle most small churches have is volunteers - not enough volunteers, burning out volunteers, finding new volunteers, and keeping volunteers. 

    There’s a lot of commiserating about the 80/20 rule, where 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. But is that even true? Does it have to be?

    In this episode, we’ll be talking about ...
    Where the 80/20 Rule came from and why it’s not a rule at allWhy the 80/20 rule isn’t BiblicalThat it’s immensely important, but not in the way you think it isHow changing your belief about the rule is gonna change your ministryJoin our FREE Creative Solutions for Small Churches Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeLittleChurch/ 

    Follow Us:

    Website: https://www.thecreativelittlechurch.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecreativelittlechurch/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecreativelittlechurch/
    Creative Solutions for Small Churches Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeLittleChurch/ 

    • 32 min
    002: Why It's Not About the Numbers (& It Never Was)

    002: Why It's Not About the Numbers (& It Never Was)

    We humans like numbers. 

    We measure physical growth in meters or feet, bank accounts in dollars, and academic success in percentages. But as much as we like to measure success in numbers, it’s not how God designed His Kingdom. 

    God Is not the one who said “If you build it, they will come.” In fact, He’s the one who said few will follow. 

    In this episode, we’ll explore…
    Why measuring church success by numbers isn’t BiblicalThat some of the most gifted & called Jesus-followers are in small placesHow we miss what God is doing when we focus on who’s not comingThat Jesus modeled life-changing ministry without growing a church in numbers
    Start the FREE 5-Day Challenge today: https://www.thecreativelittlechurch.com/

    Follow Us:

    Website: https://www.thecreativelittlechurch.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecreativelittlechurch/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecreativelittlechurch/
    Creative Solutions for Small Churches Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeLittleChurch/ 

    • 18 min
    001: 4 Reasons Small Churches are Awesome (& Why I Started This Podcast)

    001: 4 Reasons Small Churches are Awesome (& Why I Started This Podcast)

    Small church ministry isn’t less, but it is different. With smaller numbers and smaller budgets, many churches struggle to try to keep up with the big church next door. What if we quit trying to compete with big places, and, instead, started embracing the gifts God’s uniquely given to smaller communities? 
    Tune in to this episode to learn about 4 reasons small churches are awesome:
    How God loves small and always hasWhere the best relationships are builtThat we’re meant to do life with people of different generationsWhy small churches are so great for training leaders
    Follow Us:

    Website: https://www.thecreativelittlechurch.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecreativelittlechurch/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecreativelittlechurch/
    Creative Solutions for Small Churches Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeLittleChurch/ 

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

sara sch ,

Sara

I’m excited to hear more! You’re my prayers answered. I thought we, as a small church are struggling, but you are shedding light on how we are special and truly blessed at being a smaller but very unique church in our community.

Purdypeepers ,

Love this!!!

This is a must listen, she is full of knowledge and easy to listen to. I love her take on small churches.

bap121970 ,

Great podcast for a much needed area of ministry!

Over the last couple of years, I have been a subscriber to The Creative Little Church emails and participated in conferences put on by Laurie and her team. After listening to this first podcast, I have no doubt that what will be offered will be just as helpful as what I have seen and utilized from this group already! Thanks, Laurie, for seeing a need and moving ahead with it!

Top Podcasts In Religion & Spirituality

Ascension Catholic Faith Formation
AccessMore
D-Group
Hank Smith & John Bytheway
Christianity Today
Sadie Robertson

You Might Also Like