The Value of a Small Church

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Schools, sports and megachurches recognize the value of breaking into smaller groups for learning, coaching and relationships. So why do we devalue it in smaller churches?

I’m taking my family to a bigger church.

I doubt if there’s a small church pastor that hasn’t felt the pain of those words.

I was reminded of that pain while getting re-acquainted with a friend over coffee recently.

My friend is a semi-volunteer staff member at a church that used to be a very-big-verging-on-mega-church, but through a series of bizarre circumstances the church has lost a lot of people and is now a small church in a big building.

Here’s a story he told me about some of the pain their church was experiencing now that it was no longer big.

Blinded by Bigness

A dad had come to his pastor recently to say he was pulling his son out of the youth group to go to a nearby megachurch instead.

The pastor asked the dad why. Was there a problem in the youth group? Had the youth pastor, the church or the kids done something wrong to his son?

The dad told him there were no problems. His son liked the youth group and the youth pastor, and would miss his friends. This was the dad’s decision, not the teenager’s.

“But why would you do that?” the pastor asked the dad.

If you’re a small church pastor, you’re ahead of me on this one, aren’t you? You’ve heard it before. Here’s what the dad told him. (Let’s all say it together, class).

“The youth group isn’t big enough.”

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Karl Vaters