Big Church, Little Church

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Date: July 5, 2017

Big Church, Little ChurchThis bulletin insert about the relationship between the big church and little church is made available to you as a PDF document.

Is Every Village Missions Church a Little Church?

What do you picture when you think of a Village Missions church? Perhaps you envision a little church, its white steeple rising above the community surrounding it. You might think of a small congregation—just a handful of families, really—meeting together for worship.

And for the most part, you’d be right. Most Village Missions churches have an average attendance under 100 people, and most of our churches are situated in areas where, if that church had to close its doors this week, there would be no gospel presence in that community.

Exceptions to the Rule

Tenmile Community Church isn't a little church anymore.But there are exceptions to the rule. Take, for example, Ten Mile Community Church, located in Meridian, Idaho. While it began as a typical Village Missions church, the city of Boise has grown and expanded around it, and the church has grown as well. It now offers two services each Sunday morning, and has three pastors on staff.

So you might ask, “Why would this church remain a Village Missions church? They aren’t a little church. They don’t really need Village Missions anymore, do they?”

The truth of it is, Village Missions needs these larger churches. They give financially to help Village Missions continue to provide salary support and insurance to the smaller churches who are not yet ready to stand on their own. They send missions teams to assist with programs (such as VBS) that the smaller churches do not have the staff to hold.

Why would they do this? Churches like Ten Mile Community Church remember the time when they needed Village Missions. In the words of Mark Canady, who served seven years as a Village Missionary there:

Many years ago, when we were a small body of believers in need of godly leadership, Village Missions responded to that call. There is still the grateful realization that a work exists here in part because of VM.

The Big Church Helps the Little Church

Camano Chapel grew from a little church to a large one that could help other small churchesCamano Chapel (located on Camano Island, WA) has an additional perspective on remaining with Village Missions. This church was on the verge of closing when the congregation heard about Village Missions, and today offers multiple services. The church keeps its ties with Village Missions as part of its mission mind-set. Village Missionary Kris Kramer says,

Jesus said, ‘…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ It is essential for strong missional churches to emphasize all aspects of Jesus’ call. Therefore, while it is vital to support foreign missions, we believe it is important to stay involved in Village Missions. This involvement allows us as a church family to reach out to our Judea and Samaria.

Village Missions exists to revitalize country churches. As a result of Village Missions’ presence, the little can grow and eventually begin to help other churches that need help. What a beautiful picture of the body of Christ!

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