“Worship” is better in smaller churches.
Church is better small . . . right? That’s what we’re talking about this week. Thanks for the folks joining in the conversation through the comments!
I hope I’m not stepping on a landmine here. But the worship “activity” that seem to be stressed as the most important in the new testatment are baptism and communion . . . right? I mean “singing songs” is talked about . . . but baptism and communion seem like they have a special place in the life of a church. Ok . . . go with me . . .
Communion in big churches is an organizational wonder. In a megachurch it’s breath taking. Really. Moving all that bread and Welch’s around to large groups of people is impressive. But have you ever been in one of those services and been amazed at the wonder if the organization rather than focusing on what those elements represent? I have . . . I’ll admit it. There is something really amazing when commuion is shared with a small group of people . . . close to the size that was there when Jesus broke bread with his small clan of followers. It’s almost like it was designed to be that way.
What about Baptism? I’m a sucker for the mass baptism services of large churches. I loved it when Elevation baptised 1044 people in the summer of 2008. There is something breathtaking about those sort experiences. But I still can’t deny the power of a small group of people standing on the shore of some natural body of water and listening to someone they know (as in a friend or family member) talk about why they want to be baptised . . . and then watch it happen. Small is better.
So whadda think? Maybe I’m just cranky. Is worship better in small churches?