I grew up in small churches (churches under 200). My wife grew up in small churches. I love small churches. It reminds me of that classic show Cheers “where everybody knows your name.” So when God asked my wife and I to lead Westside church (average weekend attendance of over 2,000) we laughed…out loud.
So, if you sit where I sit, you would be asking God “So, why did you ask us to lead Westside?” And part of His answer is that He wants Westside to get smaller as it grows bigger. What does that mean? God has given us vision to care for 10,000 people over the next 10 years. That means we will have 4,000 worshiping at the west campus, 3,000 worshiping with us in our online campus, and the other 3,000 scattered throughout multisites and church plants. That doesn’t sound like we are getting smaller does it?
I was struggling recently looking at the crowd at West campus, seeing the over 350 men at a recent men’s breakfast, and not knowing everybody’s name. It bothered me. Then, this past Thursday, I went to a Blue Group (our small group emphasis this fall). And it was there God reminded me how we get smaller while we grow bigger. It’s spending time with people in the church that know my name and I know their names. Rowdy and Sunshine, Josh and Hilary, Glen and Rosemary, Doug and Laura, Beto and Teri. They are my “small” church where I am known and loved in a deeper way than I could ever be known or loved in a large gathering on the weekend.
Action: Are you in a small group? Are you serving on a small team? If not, I challenge you to get connected in one of these two areas. If you don’t you may very well get lost in the crowd.