When I was in license-to-preach school, we read a book by Alan Walrath that made the argument that there are churches that are small by nature and need to be led and loved for what they are — small.
Recently, I was reading Jorge Acevedo’s book on church vitality, in which he recounts the story of his church taking over small churches and remaking them in the image of his large and thriving congregation. Small churches, he argues implicitly, are small by circumstance and with the right makeover can grow.
Are these visions complementary? Are they at odds? Do they indicate a different focus or mission?
As a pastor of two small congregations, these questions are on my mind a good deal.