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Chapter 6. The Non-Growing Church

January 16, 2010

The Church That Didn’t Grow

The modest little building stood on the corner with it’s small sign announcing Sunday and Wednesday service times. It had been a church now for almost 30 years. The pastor and his wife had started it themselves. They were glad to have a revival, because revivals were rare for them. They couldn’t afford to have an evangelist, and they couldn’t afford not to. For some reason, members didn’t last long at their church.

They survived on a very modest income from her job. He became disabled years ago. She played and sung beautifully. The four people in the audience joined in.  He apologized about the low number. He tried to describe in detail about the last family or two that had left. Jobs. That had to be the reason, he was sure.

The church would grow to 20 or 30 and then people would move off or quit. Now it was down to it’s smallest in a long time. When you are preaching to 4 people, it is hard to keep from getting down right personal. They just could never get it past 20 and it stay there long. What was the problem? What was the fix? The reason his church is not growing is still amazing to him. The pastor and his wife were the sweetest of people. The folks in the city seemed to love them. Why wouldn’t it grow?

The evangelist had pulled his trailer there, paying his own expense and knowing the lack of funds available to the pastor, he had informed him that he would not take an offering, but rather would like to be a blessing. No visitors came. The only person without the Holy Ghost never prayed during the 2 week revival.

The pastor wasn’t young any more. He felt he had tried everything. Why wouldn’t it grow? Was it the people? Was it him? Was it the location? The Economy? Was it him? Was God done with him here? Where would he go if he left?

This Too Is Home Missions!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2010 11:45 am

    Luv reading your stuff…..almost as good as hearing you preach!!! Ain’t nothin like the real thing baby!!!

  2. John Lambeth permalink
    January 17, 2010 10:31 am

    Great work, my dear friend!

  3. Stephanie K permalink
    May 24, 2016 2:18 pm

    Whatever happend to the preacher and his church?

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