The 10 Biggest Small Mistakes Churches Make – a New blog Series

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “The 10 Biggest Small Mistakes Churches Make – a New blog Series

  1. Tim,
    One mistake that I see churches often make is the leadership allowing one person or a small minority of people within the church to use the threat of “I’m leaving” if you make __________ decision. I don’t know how much of a problem this is for larger congregations but this is a huge problem for smaller congregations.
    Grace and peace,

  2. Tim, you mentioned one extreme where churches hire a guy who may or may not have a good work ethic or may or may not fit, but they decide to hire him anyway.
    Could you talk about the other extreme? Someone with great previous experience, well educated, seems like he would fit in our congregation well. But can we afford him (salary too high). Does that make since? If need be, email me for clarification (
    Thanks Tim! God bless. Grace and Peace.

  3. Tim,
    I think a “small” mistake many congregations make is that they only make PART of a decision.
    What I mean is that they make a decision to, for example, start a new work or ministry, but they do not decide who is going to lead, when it is going to start or other things of that nature. Often (in fact, more times than not) when this happens, the ministry is dead because it is never started.