The more I think about it and the more I interact with the body of Christ, the more times I find myself thinking "smaller is better." That is a pretty unusual thing to say since most things in America are better if they are bigger (houses, diamonds, bank accounts, companies, churches, etc.). Look, if you know 0.01 things about me, you know that I want to pastor a healthy, growing church that is making immense impact for the Kingdom.
However...there are times when smaller is better. I think that this is a lesson some Pastors need to learn along with me. You see, in a Small Group, smaller is better. On a nice night out on the town with some close friends, smaller is better. At many different meetings, smaller is just better. Obviously, for my belly, smaller is better.
Well, I am sharing this to say that I see the Church Retreat as falling into this category! Smaller is better. Yeah, I would have loved to see everyone come, but I am quite glad for the 70 people that are coming. How would people really connect in a meaningful way with loads of people around. I know I would have been so preoccupied with managing such a large crowd that I would have been good for nothing. We introduce a motto in Discovery 101 that says "CCF wants to grow larger and smaller at the same time." Meaningful stuff happens in smaller settings.
I am really, really, really looking forward to the relationships that will be started and strengthened this coming weekend!!