Day: March 20, 2007

Counting people in church, or counting people being the church

The problem with the small church, as I have said before, is that it is small.  Pretty clever insight, but it’s true.  Our obsession with numbers in church life always puts the small church at the bottom of the heap.  Not counting is not the answer, because most of us have to report to our church board, denomination, or fellow-pastors, “how many” we had in worship or Bible study or both.  But there is a better measure of small church faithfulness — counting people in ministry and those touched by ministry. 

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