Property cost too much in this city? Two or three churches are sharing one building together.
Building codes too restrictive to build a church in that town? We’re renting space in bowling alleys and bars.
Most people live below the poverty line in your region? A small church pastor might be fixing your car or working beside you in the coal mine. Living in poverty with the poor.
Christianity is illegal in a nation? We’re already meeting quietly from house-to-house. And starting new house churches like crazy! If the first-century believers could do it, why can’t we? (Sssshhh! Don’t tell anyone!)
We All Have Something to Bring
Yes, we know there are a lot of small churches not living up to our potential. We’ve been guilty of complaining too much and cooperating too little. Some of us are small because we’ve settled for comfort over mission. But some of you got comfortable after you got big, too. (Go ahead, admit it. You’ll feel better if you do.)
So, here’s an idea. Let’s forget the criticism and celebrate what’s right, even great about churches of every size.
You bring the big buildings, the latest technology and the fully-staffed, multi-venue, age-appropriate, musically-excellent worship experiences.
What you do appeals to big groups of people, but a small percentage of the Christian world. What we do meets the needs of more people, but in smaller groups.
We need you. You need us.
But, more than that, we need each other. Because the world needs Jesus. And none of us can do it alone.
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