Churches are small for many reasons (and actually health is more important than numbers) but it seems that small numbers often influence the morale and outlook of the church.
I have heard comments like:
‘If we had more people, we could….’
‘We used to do…’
‘We’re only small so we can’t…’
We need to remember that the church is God’s plan A to save the world by sharing Jesus – there is no plan B.
Small can be effective.
Have you ever (accidentally of course!) put a red sock in a white wash? Or had a mosquito in your bed?
A dedicated small group of God’s people can accomplish great things for the Kingdom. Each person is unique and has many contacts every day with people. We must be encouraged and strengthened through worship, the Word, the Spirit and each other as we meet as gathered church. We are then equipped to out into the world as scattered church. Each day holds opportunities, we just need to take them.
You don’t need a programme of activities, just simple ideas to get people together, such as a coffee morning. All you need is coffee and a morning! Relationships are key as we all need to belong. When we belong, we trust, we listen and are then more likely to believe and when we believe, our behaviour changes.
I read that Rick Warren took the dictionary from the shelf in his church office, got the scissors and cut out the word ‘Impossible’. He said that this word had no place in the vocabulary of his church. Amen.
Can I encourage you to stop saying ‘can’t’ or ‘it’s impossible’ and think on Philippians 4 v13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. NKJV
Even 20 people who really believe this can impact their community for God.
Do comment on the small things you have done which God has blessed.