The Little Church With Nothing That Has Everything!
We often define churches by their size, music quality, architecture or notoriety of the pastor. Elaborate facilities. Multiple staff members. A plethora of programs. Is this how we define church? Is it about all of these things?
The answer can be “yes” and “maybe,” if these things are contributing to the main thing. The main thing is not bringing a crowd, running a great program, sending them home, and then hitting the repeat button next week . . . and the week after.
The main thing is to reproduce reproducers: to bring people in, introduce them to Christ, teach them, and then send them out to repeat the process. Almost sounds Biblical doesn’t it?
The church pictured (above) is a real church. I preached here at Lawley Family Fellowship in South Africa. I call them The Little Church with Nothing That Has Everything!
- This building is borrowed from a home owner.
- It has no electricity (DISH is mounted for the home owners use).
- Plaster is falling off the walls.
- Forty people fit into a room for twenty.
- It is located just past the squatter shacks (buildings you have to see to believe).
Yet this was one of the most moving experiences of my ministry. I could not believe the heart of the people. Their singing was soul-stirring and brought me to tears. Let me tell you about the fruit from this little church:
- Seven young men have gone out into ministry.
- One young lady has gone out into ministry.
- The Pastor is a product of the church.
I asked the Pastor for his permission to write this blog. I did not want to say anything to offend these sweet people. My reference to their lacking something is not a bad thing because I believe they have Everything. They know why we do church and they reminded me.
Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from The Little Church with Nothing That Has Everything. I am not suggesting we get rid of our buildings, programs or staff. I am not suggesting we take a vow of poverty.
What I am suggesting is we ask ourselves the question, “Why do we exist as a church or youth group?”
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