With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #19.

We’ve visited many small churches on our journey. Except for this one, all these tiny congregations desperately desired to grow numerically. Although this is partly for survival (a church needs to maintain a core base of people to function and pay their bills), striving to be larger buys into society’s unshakable conviction that bigger is better.

However, evaluating the significance of a church based on their size is man’s perspective, whereas God judges success by a different standard. This pastor is one man who truly understands this. His focus is on growing the kingdom of God, not his congregation. His goal is to help all of Jesus’ church, not just one branch. We need more ministers and more churches with this perspective.

[See my reflections about Church #18 and Church #20 or start with Church #1.]

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