I desperately want to end the “small church” / “big church”… “growing” church/ “NOT growing” church… debate. I won’t. I will never get away from it and no matter how long I pastor, it will always be in my mind.
But I want MORE. Not more “numbers.” I want more realization in my heart… and in the hearts of those I meet with for worship.
Frederica Mathewes-Green is one of the most refreshing voices in Christianity. She is an incredible thinker and one who causes me to hunger after God more and more when I read her writings or listen to her podcasts.
She is Eastern Orthodox. To say she isn’t concerned with “numbers” is a vast understatement. But what she is swept away by is the thought of worshiping God.
This is how she describes her little parish in Baltimore, MD, on a Sunday morning:
In a few hours heaven will strike earth like lightning on this spot. The worshipers in this little building will be swept into a divine worship that proceeds eternally, grand with seraphim and incense and God enthroned, ‘high and lifted up. The house was full of His glory’ (Isaiah 6:1). The foundations of that temple shake with the voice of the angels calling ‘Holy’ to each other, and we will be there, lifting fallible voices in the refrain, an outpost of eternity. If this is true, it is the most astonishing thing that will happen in our city today.