I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard small churches say “we are just too small” to do much of anything.
In today’s podcast, I talk with a pastor whose little country church is
- bringing the good news of Jesus AND
- serving the community AND
- leading people to faith in Christ.
I interview Pastor Laura Long, from a small country church in an economically depressed area of Marion NC, Clinchfield Presbyterian Church.
It’s clear that Pastor Laura loves the community, loves the people, and the church has had a great ministry of presence in the community.
Recently, they’ve been engaging the community as a church, and transforming lives one at a time.
If you think your church is too small to make a difference, listen in today’s show.
In this podcast you’ll hear
- the community setting of church.
- the food program that connects them with their community.
- how prayer plays a role
- the intentional listening and response to spiritual needs.
- the impact of community service on your church
Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of teaching on engaging your community and sharing your faith while serving your community.
There are some great books on the subject such as
- AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church (Exponential Series)
- The Externally Focused Church
- Externally Focused Quest
- A New Kind of Big: How Churches of Any Size Can Partner to Transform Communities
- Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit: Seven Principles of Dynamic Cooperation
and it’s a theme that I’ve touched on every now and then on my website and in the podcast feed.