There was a key moment in a church retreat when our lead pastor realized we were never going to be the larger churches on the other side of town. He rejoined the rest of the leadership group and said "We are Park Place Church and in our neighborhood for a reason. Let us not try to be someone else, but work to be the best Park Place Church we can be." This moment was extremely important for the next 3 years of ministry.
Many times it's easy to compare our selves, our churches, and our people to those down the street. This practice usually doesn't bring life, but only discouragement and distraction. This article speaks specifically to the leadership of small churches and looks to be an encouragement to those who give their lives in service.