I wrote this as a response to a girl who commented, “im from a pentecostal church, its cool, theres like 20 peeps… i love it anyway, its going to grow i have the faith”:
I’m totally down with small churches. (I’m part of a house church. don’t ask me “how many people we’ve got” because I’m rather sick of that question) What is to say that having a large number of people meeting together is what God’s will is for your church? More people just makes it more impersonal…..and less of a church experience as far as i can tell. The smaller the group, the more personal it is: the more real you can be with each other, the more you can keep each other accountable in your walk. I think we need to put more of an urgency on the need for ourselves to grow than for the church body to grow. When we grow into more of the person God calls us to be, we become more like Christ, and then people will be drawn to God. Is that not what it’s about? call me crazy, but I don’t think a huge congregation with a huge church building is the ultimate goal that God has in mind when he thinks of a healthy and “successful” church.