Have you ever heard of how mass produced companies farm raise their animals for food? Well to spare you all the ugly details, they shove way too many animals in a building until they become what they desire them to be for food. So many animals, the animals can't move but only have room to stand, eat, and use the restroom where they are standing. It is a crazy process. Small local farms on the other hand do things a bit differently. They don't shove too many animals in a building, they let their animals roam the farm freely. This allows for proper growth, cleaner more healthy animals, and not to mention better treatment of the animals itself.
While I am no animal rights advocate, and the purpose of this message isn't to get you to shop and eat local. I think we can relate a bit to this in the church world. I think in smaller congregations more local churches leaders desire to be mass produced. I can remember in the beginning stages of Forward Church how much we dreamed and looked forward to the day the doors would be overflowing with hundreds and thousands of people. And, I am not saying there is anything wrong with these dreams, or if you are a church of thousands. But I think we miss the beauty and simplicity of the smaller church while it is right in front of us, because we are so busy trying to cram people in like chickens.
Every chair is a number, and every number is a person that can hear about Jesus. I get it, numbers matter. I think some of us think Jesus is wherever huge congregations are. Well, He probably is, you are right. But He is right in front of you, and in that small church too. There is purpose exactly where you are if your congregation is smaller. There is room for flexibility and to be more fluid when you are small. When you become a larger church flexibility becomes less and scheduling time becomes a necessity. When you are a smaller congregation, you are reaching people the larger church down the road might not be able to reach. With the amount you have coming you can know everyone by name, and build a tight knit community. The list goes on...
Don't miss the joys, and honor of being a smaller church. There are so many things you can do, the larger church can no longer do, and vice versa. Trust God whatever size you are.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor