The average size church in America, I'm told, is 75 people. When I served as a teaching pastor in a large, mega-church I remember wondering how a church could remain less than a hundred people for long. Now that I've been a church planter for almost 3 years, God has greatly tempered my previous ignorance. If the average size is 75, then it only makes sense that many churches attract fewer than 75.
We had 61 people at Church Requel two weeks ago and we were thrilled! Ironically it was a weekend when Mary Kay and I weren't even there. We received emails and text messages from many parishioners celebrating the evening. It felt good.
We're the size church that has to look up to see "average." With that mindset it's easy to fall into a sense of inadequacy. We live in a world of "super" things: Super Bowl, supermarket, and megachurch. In such a super atmosphere, where BIG is celebrated, where large numbers equals success, it's easy to suffer from low esteem.
Thanks to the foresight of our leadership team, I'm back to my seminary studies at Ashland Theological Seminary. Interestingly, the best class available to me this quarter is "Smaller Churches: Challenges & Opportunities." Wow! Talk about a class designed just for me. Small. Challenge. Opportunity. This class speaks my language!