The United States may be the only place where pastors feel inferior if they serve small churches–or at least one of only a few places in Christianity where the “bigger is better” lie has eaten into the soul of the Church like termites eat into wood. In other parts of the world, ministry is validated by pastoral acts carried out in Jesus’ Name to people, regardless of the number.
In my travel outside the USA I have known some of my richest moments with God worshipping under a tree, teaching on a dirt floor, and sitting in a simple home open for prayer to neighbors. The promise of Jesus to be present if only two or three are gathered has been confirmed time and time again. God understands the greatness of littleness. We are the ones who create artificial categories to ascribe “importance” to our ministries.
The Kingdom of God has nothing to do with size. God is present in current reality–in one encounter after another, which comes with the defined size already built in. The error occurs when we take Reality and ascribe “Good, Better, Best” evaluations to what God calls holy across the board.
I hope you are free from “quantity envy,” or that you will be before the sun goes down today.