Blessed is the Small Church and it’s Humble Pastor
by Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | June 16, 2018
We all have a mental image of what our “ideal” church is. Having been a small child in rural North Dakota, my mental image no doubt comes from my many fond memories of the small white churches that could be found through out the state in many small farming communities. Sadly small community churches are disappearing rapidly all around us throughout the country. These changes are being brought about due to the economics of declining congregations, people moving from rural areas to larger population centers, and from a general decline in Christian belief overall. While there is an allure the big churches may bring, there are also many positives a smaller community church can offer. One of these is the dynamics that bind together a small church, the closer inter-personal connection to each church member and to the pastor that make up the “church family.”
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25.
That close knit church dynamic may be easily lost to some when attending these mega churches with the auditorium seating with the hundreds and sometimes thousands of worshipers, and the pastor of the church appearing before them on a big screen and surround sound. There is need and great benefit from the pastoral care offered by the smaller church; the human connection, the nurturing, and one on one personal contact a pastor has when pastoring a smaller church. Many times a smaller local church can be more effective and sensitive to capturing specific spiritual needs of the community. While the smaller church may not have the physical numbers in attendance, the truly important numbers are the numbers of those having accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, not the number of seats filled.
“shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;” (1 Peter 5:2)
Fellowship and leading people to Christ and salvation is the mission of the church, and there is undeniable good in the simple, honest, true, biblically sound, and sometimes harsh words that may be spoken by the humble pastor as he addresses his small local church congregation.
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” – 2 Timothy 4:2
Truly it is important for us all to attend our chosen church on a regular basis and that it be biblically sound, but I invite you to attend and experience what a small local church in your area may offer. There is great value and heart felt simple greetings among one another before, and after the service. The connection between the pastor and church member, and even a visitor, can never be underestimated or replaced. Even in this time of very large churches, there is, and always will be the need for the small community church with its humble pastor, with his Godly inspired sermon delivery, and for his eagerness to spread God’s word. Like looking for that small mom and pop restaurant that has the best food to eat along with the personal attention and touch that comes along with and brings you back again; look for that small local church with its humble pastor and his small church to guide you in your walk with Christ and feed your soul.
Lord we pray for all churches both big and small. Bless the simple and humble small church pastor and preacher of your word, for all the glory, big and small, goes to you Lord.
We pray in Jesus’s name