5 “Sick Skills” of Small City Church Leaders

By Artie Davis
Sick Skills

Photo by Jinto!

Hope you know what I’m saying…”Sick” is the new word for “awesome.” So if you are a leader or pastor in a small city…

A- You ARE Awesome!

B- You gotta have some “sick skills” to succeed where you are

I am a small city boy, born and raised. And I love small city leaders and pastors that don’t get the head-line but they get the bottom-line…Growing the Kingdom of God where they are.

Having planted, and grown a multi-site church in a small city or “The Sticks” I’ve had to learn a few “sick skills” myself. As we continue to grow and help others, some of these “sick skills” stand out more than others.

So if you are small-city Jedi with “Sick Skills”, this is you…

1- You see the potential others would discard

Small city means a smaller pool of volunteers and leaders. But that doesn’t stop the leader with sick skills! You pray, watch and listen for God to add gifts, calling and anointing. You know and expect God to raise up all that is necessary for building and growing His church where you are.

2- You know the needs of the many

You embrace your entire community, and not just a few. Your church is diverse, the inside reflects the outside. In other words, your church looks like the community it’s trying to engage and reach for the Kingdom.

3- You use the power of Culture 

You aren’t a caveman. You don’t run and hide from things that are happening…NO, you harness them! You look for opportunities in the culture of your community to point them to the cross. You don’t take the cross and hide it under a Pharisee basket.

4- You do “Jesus Church” and not “Joe church”

You aren’t lured by the latest “Church Growth” hero “Joe.” You are a learner, and you glean from the successes and failures of others. But, you know Joe’s plan won’t transfer to your community. You take the time to hear’s God’s voice, and unique strategy for where you are.

5- You Lead the way

Those close and one’s who watch from afar see you doing before you ask others to follow. They see you lead in…Giving, loving, accepting, serving and empowering those around you. You lead in such a “Craveable” way, others are drawn to you.

These are some some “sick skills” I’ve seen as vital. Got any you would add?

Artie Davis

Artie Davis wears a lot of hats and leads a lot of people. He's Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church-planting, and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at ArtieDavis.com or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.