Dear Church Family,
I recently read an article that said that 58% of congregations have fewer than 100 people attend their weekly worship services. Even though we may crest the 100 mark a few times a year, our church falls into this category referred to as a “small church.” Did you know that being a “small church” is not necessarily a bad thing? Sure, there are some benefits of being big. As you may know, I am a fairly tall guy. There are benefits of being tall. I can reach items on the top shelf whereas someone who is shorter may have to grab a step ladder. However, there are some challenges with being tall as well. For example, having enough leg room can be a challenge when flying in an airplane or riding in a car. My point is that there are pros and cons with being tall and being short. The same is true of the church. There are pros and cons with being big and being small. Since we are a small church, I want to share with you some of the pros of being small. The reason I want to share these pros with you is so that we can seek to make the most of these opportunities for greater kingdom impact.
One pro of being small is that it doesn’t take people very long to know your name. It is easier to feel a sense of belonging in a small church. It’s harder to blend in and remain unknown. Another strength of the small church is that it tends to have fewer ministries but greater focus. This is something we are learning as a church. We have limited resources and people which forces us to focus on what is most important and what will help us fulfill the mission God has given us. A third strength of the small church is that it has fewer people but greater involvement. People often mention the statement that 20% of the people do 80% of the work. This may be true in some churches but this has not been my experience at The Hill. I believe that when people become part of our church family they see the needs and want to be involved in meeting those needs. These are just three of many pros of being a small church.
Let’s not confuse small with insignificant. Let’s not confuse small with ineffective. Listen to this, the article I referenced for the above information also stated that because of the strengths of a small church 88% of people would consider attending a church of fewer than 100 people. We must embrace where God has us as a church and seek to make the most of the ministry opportunities God has given us. I believe God has great things in store for The Hill Baptist Church. As the saying goes, “good things come in small packages.”
Pastor Ron Jones