God doesn’t mind us having a small congregation. What He objects to is if we have a small vision, for that limits what He can do through us.
A tourist visited a small village. He asked a gentleman: ‘Is there anything special about this place?’
The man smiled and said, ‘Yes, you can start here and go anywhere else on earth.’
In Acts 5:28, the New Testament church was accused of ‘filling Jerusalem with your teaching’. In chapter 17:6, Paul and Silas were accused of ‘causing trouble all over the world’.
What an impact!
God has a plan for church growth and we have a part to play. We are called to invite them and we may say that is my pastor’s job. No, our pastor is a shepherd. Shepherds don’t give birth to sheep; sheep do that. When was the last time you brought someone to church? If you discovered a cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s, wouldn’t you share it?
Jesus said, ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. He sent his servant to tell those who were invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready’ (Luke 14:16-17). When the invited guests started making excuses as to why they couldn’t come, the master told his servant, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in so that my house will be full” (v23).
Note the words ‘make them come in’. Pick them up in your car, arrange breakfast before church or lunch afterwards. Get creative, but whatever you do, bring them to church!
– Phil Brewer