Why Small Churches are Wonderful (and Vital)
|April 20, 2016||Posted by stchris under Uncategorized||
Last month, Bishop Chilton Knudsen led a workshop for small churches. I didn’t attend, but Canon Dan Webster shared some of the bishop’s teaching on his Facebook page. She made a list of characteristics, “Why Small Churches are Wonderful (and Vital).” The list makes sense when I look at it side-by-side with the life we live at St. Christopher’s. We don’t fit all of the characteristics and some of them we match better than others. I won’t try to talk about the whole list of ten characteristics all at once, but from time to time in this space, I’ll highlight them until we’ve touched on them all.
I talked about this in my sermon last week. I have a unique perspective during worship. I can see everyone’s faces. I can match up each face with the many ministries and activities you all keep going. Everyone at St. Christopher’s has a place. Over the years, each person’s ministry activities may have changed. Every one of you, though, continues to make important contributions to our community life.
Churches this size are able to do pastoral care in ways that large churches can not. Because there are only so many people, it is easier to keep up with what is going on in each other’s lives. Small churches can be more prone to gossip (which is usually harmful), yet,the closeness of a small community assures that everyone gets noticed and members know each others stories. So, when some stressful event or crisis happens,people can respond. We can also celebrate whole heartedly the joyful events because we are close.
Our smallness is one of our strengths, making St. Christopher’s an attractive place for people looking for a warm community where they will be noticed and cared for.