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Mike McKinley with an insightful post on the ways church size divides us.  Here’s the opening:

It can be good to have a “tribe” (e.g., Acts 29, 9Marks, SGM, the PCA)  where you resonate with the philosophy of ministry and get good resources for your work.  I’m also glad for what God is doing to bring people together across Reformed “tribes” through movements like T4G and The Gospel Coalition. Part of what God seems to be doing is forging trust and partnerships between groups that do things differently.

But from my observation (at conferences and in personal conversations), there seems to be still be a fault line running through us: church size.  I’ve sat in conferences where the speakers talk as if you aren’t a good pastor until your church hits 2,000 people in attendance.  I’ve also heard small church pastors who seem to assume that large crowds always indicate that the message is being watered down.

Mike offers a few recommendations:

  • Drop the “better than” language.
  • Realize that size is often a choice.
  • Recognize that your challenges are mostly spiritual, not administrative.
  • Be on guard against pride.
  • We. Are. All. On. The. Same. Team.

Read the entire post for the commentary.

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One thought on “The Fault Line Running through the Reformed Movement”

  1. Rae Whitlock says:

    Good words. While we should always be aiming for church growth (through conversions and through commitments to the local church), that doesn’t necessarily mean we should be aiming for a large (or even a larger) church.

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Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor for Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

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