Small congregations matter to God. In John 10, Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” In countless small member congregations, people have learned how to listen for Jesus’ voice in their lives and learned what it means to follow our Lord.
Small congregations hold significance in the eyes of God, as they possess distinctive gifts and opportunities for serving both God and their neighbors. Small congregations create space for deep relationships with both God and one another, and they serve as a testament to the presence of God. In fact, many congregations, both within our synod and nationally, fall into the category of being small.