The heart of 200churches is for the pastors of small churches. These men and women are the ones who make it happen. Our desire is to HONOR, ENCOURAGE, AND CHEERLEAD the pastors of small churches, all around America and the world!
In our current Christian culture, it can seem that large churches are the more successful, and more spiritual churches. Because they are large, God must be blessing them more. This simply is not true.
It would be like saying that the church, in a large group, worshiping in the auditorium, is more important or spiritual or successful than one of its Sunday School classes or small groups. No, no, no! They’re just different. They’re all important, and can all be successful and spiritual, just the way they are!
So we care about the pastors in these churches. They can be discouraged, ignored, passed by, or pitied. We want none of that. They should be honored, prayed for, and encouraged. We want ALL of that!
It is wonderful to pastor a church of 50, or a church of 200, or 500. They are all wonderful. Well, actually, they can all be brutal, right? Of course, such is the nature of ministry to people (just ask Moses!) But being a pastor to people is a wonderful, important, significant experience, no matter the size of our church.
AND – so many of us have come from smaller churches! I did. And I have been in ministry for almost 30 years now. Jonny came from a small church. The truth is, the vast majority of all pastors and missionaries today grew up in small churches.
Is your church small? Fantastic! You can produce pastors and missionaries too. Hopefully, you will also produce accountants, nurses, factory workers, cab drivers, custodians, CEO’s, teachers, and counselors – all committed to the Kingdom of God!
Are you a small church pastor? Great! Then take it very seriously! Work just as hard as you would in a megachurch – love your people, set office hours, visit in homes and workplaces and schools, counsel, study, preach and teach, comfort, encourage, and serve! YOU are a small church pastor, and YOU can be a part of moving the Kingdom of God forward for Jesus, the King.
This week on the podcast we have Scott Carson, the pastor of Grace Church in Burlington, WI. We met Scott through 200churches.com. He is not an old friend. He did not attend that SUPER SECRET pastor’s retreat in Pennsylvania. (He did attend the Desiring God conference!) He is a small church pastor, a 200church pastor, and a subscriber to 200churches.com.
He has served at his church for over 25 years – same church! He is going to share some of the wisdom he’s gained from all those years of ministry with all of us this week. You will be encouraged.
This week, we have another 200church pastor on the podcast with us. One of us. Just like us. Scott Carson. Doing it up big in the Badger State! That’s Wednesday on episode 76 of the 200churches Podcast! We can’t wait!
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