Recently a small church pastor wrote a letter to the editor of our local newspaper calling on larger congregations to help smaller congregations with leadership, and especially with leading worship and music. He issued a “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” kind of call. You can read his letter here.
I wrote a response, which you can read here. The editor chose this heading for my letter: “Outside Resources Help Small Churches Stay Afloat.” When I saw the heading, I thought, “Outside resources can help, but the most important resources for ministry are already there, INSIDE the congregation.” That is the point I tried to make before I outlined a few practical ideas. Without the prayerful, seeking faith of the people inside the congregation, the outside resources won’t make that much difference. But here is the most important resource of all: the living Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. The living God is in our midst, and this God is up to something. What could be more interesting than discovering what that is and letting God show us our place in it?