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God's Not In To Mini-Churches Either

People bash MegaChurches, but I'd suggest God isn't necessarily into MiniChurches either.

There are clearly issues that come with a MegaChurch context. Discipling people becomes more complex, connecting with other people can be more difficult for some and having a real sense of biblical community can be lost too.  But let's not get it twisted, there are also issues in MiniChurch contexts.  Discipling can be complex because it can get separated from evangelism, connecting with people can be more difficult because relationships become ingrown, and true biblical community can be lost because it's solely lived out with people just like ourselves.

There are long lists of issues with either context.  And the lists of benefits for either can be just as long.  But it's not a greater-than battle we ought to fight.  It's not an issue of size.  People might say healthy churches grow larger and thus point to how Jesus preached to thousands of people, the church gatherings in Jerusalem were enormous, or that the Lord "added to their number daily."  On the other hand, others might suggest small is "God's way" because Jesus turned away thousands of people when he preached and the early church met in homes.

I just think we need to be careful throwing negative blanket statements in either direction.  It's not about getting smaller or growing larger.  It's about every individual being faithful to our calling as believers and the truth is there ARE many leaders on both sides of the size equation that are faithfully leading as God desires...and people faithfully living it out under their leadership, too.

The bottom line is the question of whether or not faithfulness is present shouldn't be pointed at anyone but ourselves.  God is working in and through all kinds of different contexts and I'm just trying to stay in step in mine.


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