Big churches are great. But they’re very rare. And they’re not the only way to see the kingdom of God move forward.
American church culture tends to be fascinated by large numbers of both people and money - nickles and noses as some Southern Baptists use to say. But Scripture testifies that God also delights in using small people in small places. As Zechariah reminds us, "Who despises the day of small things?'
Karl Vaters shares a great word here about the value of small churches:
"Church planters are some of the great heroes of the faith. Especially when you realize how many church plants fail within the first few years.
But I wonder, how many failed churches might still be alive and well today if we didn’t pressure them to reach numerical goals that most churches, even after decades of existence, fail to achieve?
What would happen if, instead of sending one church planter to start a church, hoping for it to reach (to pick an arbitrary number) 5,000 attendees, we sent out 50 church planters, and resourced them with the tools to grow to 100 on average?"
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