When I saw this article "Is Walmart Killing Small Businesses?" it occurred to me that BIG churches are not unlike BIG Box stores. Both are forcing the LITTLE guys out of business! Half the churches in America are under 75 members. But as the BIG Box church movement grows, LITTLE churches are disappearing (nearly 4000 close their doors each year), while the number of megachurches is doubling every 5 years.
The closest Jesus ever came to defining the Church was in this statement, “where two or three are gathered in My name” (Matt. 18:20). If you think about it, the “one another” ministries are most effective when they happen between two or three at a time: in LITTLE groups. With so much pressure on pastors to make their LITTLE churches BIG, maybe the attention should be on how to make our BIG churches more LITTLE!