It would be great if every service was packed out, but it might not mean we are a great church. With a national average of weekly attendance at 75 or less people, many may not achieve greatness in the numbers game. But every church can be a great small church!
We just need to know what true greatness is.
Imagine Jesus at a pastors conference where they were arguing about who has the greatest ministry. One says they are running five weekend services and have fifty staff members. Another says they have a $20 million building paid off and are giving $2 million a year to missions.
Jesus goes over to the pastor shrinking in the corner. He has 30 people on a good day and needs a new roof on their aging shack of a building. They need a miracle just to put a new roof on. He goes unnoticed and lacks the attention that the big guys get. He has spent many days feeling alone and unsuccessful. Jesus thinks he’s great!
Jesus likes the little guys and loves those who honour them. If you want to be part of a great church, understand the great view that Jesus has of her. Then join Jesus in honoring and caring for her.
If we really comprehend Jesus’ idea of greatness how might we change the way we do church?