I have been most involved in small churches throughout my life. Except for a few years where I attended a church that was close to 1000 people, I have generally attended (and pastored) smaller churches. I have nothing against large churches, as it was at that large church that I was both baptized and married. Still, I have a special place in my heart for small churches.
Here are five things that I love about small churches.
- There is a family feel to the congregation. The church is more relationship-driven than program-driven.
- It more lends itself to praying for each other. Specific prayer requests can be shared during the service.
- The pastor is better able to get to know people in the congregation and therefore tailor messages to their needs.
- There is often (but not always) more participation by people in the congregation because of the more limited resources.
- It is easier to keep track of people in the congregation, including noticing when people are missing.
That is not to say that there are no challenges with small churches. There definitely are. But I do not believe that we have seen the end of small churches. Both small and large churches have a role in the kingdom of God.
Here are a couple of small church resources that I recommend: