Today's article was written by Bernie Harding, the community pastor of Peel Elim Community Church, where her husband is the pastor. Peel is a town of 6,000 people on the Isle of Man. Bernie is responsible for running the community centre, kids church, some evangelism projects, bible studies … “a bit of everything, as you will know is the way in small churches.”
The Faithful Member
I see you, small church people.
I see you when you serve in a small, unnoticed church.
I see you encouraging your pastor with a smile when yet another one bites the dust.
I see you who turn up to serve week-in week-out because there isn’t a kids’ church team, you are the kids’ church team. I see you investing in kids’ lives and discipling them in their walks with God.
I see you mums and dads who bring your babies along when there’s no crèche (nursery) so you spend the whole meeting in a room on your own with the baby, thinking “should I have just stayed home?” I see you getting up and out of the house to be at God’s house.
The Pastor’s Family
I see you pastors who put as much time into preparing a message for 20 people as someone who is preaching to 2,000 people. I see you putting the chairs out.
I see you pastors’ kids who are sometimes the only kids at church. I see you carrying a weight that you didn’t choose but doing it so willingly.
I see you pastors’ spouses who carry as much of the load as the pastor, and there is nobody else around who you feel understands. I see you, and I understand.
There For Each Other
I see you faithful people who always have your pastor’s back. I see you trying to hide confusion with a nod when the pastor announces his latest idea.
I see you, and I am so thankful for you.
And more importantly, God sees you.
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