I'm the Connection Director at my church and I love it. I could not possibly love this small-but-mighty group of believers more than I already do!
And yet... if I'm really honest... I have other feelings lurking beneath the surface. It's time I confess them publically.
All the above means I've got a lot of repenting to do. And if you find yourself holding the same assumptions about your church that I do about mine, I humbly invite you to repent along with me. Because these assumptions couldn't be further from the truth.
Here are some truths I've received from wise leaders that I've had to remind myself of often:
More often than not, my notions of success or effectiveness are influenced by the world, not by the foolishness of the Gospel.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved.
Let that last bullet point really sink in. Because it's true!
It's hard to get solid statistics on the global church, but some estimates state 80% of all churches have fewer than 100 people in attendance. Similarly, in the United States 7 in 10 of all churches have less than 100 weekly attendees.
Most congregations are the same size as yours. All signs point to that being the case far into the future.
Next Sunday, take a look around your sanctuary. What you see is similar to what the majority of believers worldwide see as they worship.
This is how the church has always been. And despite the smallness of individual congregations, the church has multiplied and grown throughout history. God's notions of power and success are clearly very different than mine.
That's a good thing!
Rather than struggle against what God is doing, let's embrace it! We get to be a part of what He has been doing for thousands of years. What a blessing!
This Sunday, I'll be praying and thanking God for putting me where I am and giving me the church I'm in.
Will you join me?