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Institution from Oblivion

holly flowerMost of us view the average church like a bus. All the passengers sit in rows facing forward and a driver steers at the front. Someone even comes and takes your money! This current church model is collapsing in the face of a new culture. Though church growth specialists can help us to run what we have better, perhaps we should be looking instead to the initial household model for small sized churches. It would keep Christianity, if not our institution from oblivion. It would realize new growth and vitality in our faith communities.

Small Family Churches

Country ChurchChurches may be categorized according to their size. "Small" congregations are up to 50 worshippers, "extended household churches" also called "family churches" which generally comprise one large or several small households plus other associated members together. The primary household leaders of "small sized churches" of up to 50 worshippers on Sundays are the matriarchs and patriarchs. The clergy person is basically a chaplain in this situation. Many a cleric have been defeated in trying to wrestle control of this kind of church from its natural leaders! The matriarchs and patriarchs often direct policy discreetly in small size churches.✞

"Small Sized Churches"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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