It got me thinking again about some of the advantages of small churches. Here are a few in my mind:
- Church wide get away weekends
- You can know everyone (not just their name)
- Family atmosphere
- Easier to value people over programs
- Children and youth know the adults
- Children and youth can have a real role in church
- When you miss, you're missed
- You can know the leaders and they know you
- Because you are small, you are reminded to reach out
These are just a few of the reasons that I see. I do believe that the church should be missional and growing. I don't think churches should want to stay as they are. God's people should always be looking to reach out to others.
I don't think that it takes a church of 500 to 1,000+ before a church should think about planting churches. I believe that small churches should be planting churches. Church planting shouldn't be complex, because church shouldn't be complex. To often, we have made church something that only "church professionals" can be in charge of.
But maybe I am just too simple minded.
What are advantages that you see to smaller churches? Larger churches? What type of things are essential to a church really being a church?