Hey Internet, Let’s Talk
June 1, 2011 3 Comments
About half of the churches in the presbytery I serve have a membership of 150 or less. The membership of those churches make up about a third of the presbytery’s membership. Most of these small churches are rural or village churches. Some of them (like my own) are in suburbs that the economy has left behind. Many of them are served by certified lay pastors or by interim or designated pastors.
My question is: Do these churches not matter? In our denomination it seems that they don’t. I may be wrong, but I do not hear very much about small church ministry from Louisville. The only conference I know of is the Wee Kirk, and when I attended that I got strong support from other pastors, but not a lot of guidance or affirmation on what the small church was doing well or where we were going.
Lately I have been feeling nudged by God into doing something about all of this. I have ignored those nudges in the past so before the nudges become shoves or the holy 2×4 comes out, I am taking my first baby steps toward something.
That is where you come in. As the church we know that power or ideas shouldn’t rest with one person. In the small church we learn quickly that many hands make lighter work. As a middle child and a pastor I have learned that my talents lie in moderating discussions rather than coming up with all of the great ideas.
So, I will nominate myself moderator and I invite the rest of you to start sharing ideas, plans, things that your church has done or is doing.
Let’s start with this easy question to test the waters:
Does the small church still matter?
Grace and peace,