I came across one of the loveliest words of encouragement for small churches that I have read in a while. Rachel S. Gerber, a denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA, and participant in a tiny Mennonite fellowship, titled her post this way: To small congregations: You are enough. She has important things to say about the deep faith formation that occurs when children feel deeply loved in a small church. They know they belong, and they know they are needed.
Noting that congregations often fall prey to “if only” thinking (i.e. if only we had more children and bigger and better programs, we could attract more families), Gerber declares, “Let me tell you: Programs rarely make a difference. But genuine encounters with people always do. Authentic faith formation is always rooted in relationships, not in the flashiest curriculum or best-decorated children’s wing.”
I love the way she closes her post, too: “To my dear small congregation, you are not lacking. You are such an asset. You are enough.”
That’s exactly what I want to say to my own small congregation.
Click on the title, read the whole post, and be encouraged to keep on keeping on, in the name of Jesus.