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
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:
The Big Church Helps the Little Church
Camano 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,
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!