small church

To start, I worship at a small church in Rochester New York.  We often have conversations about how to grow.  That has had me thinking a lot about this over the years.  I have even written a suggested guide to selecting a Spiritualist Church.  Let us explore a topic close to my heart – the beauty of small churches in the context of spiritualism development.

Many of us don’t desire our churches to remain small, yet sometimes, that’s simply the reality. We yearn for numerical growth, but our efforts often fall short, leading to disheartening of those involved. We’ve implemented strategies, offered earnest prayers, planned meticulously, and worked tirelessly, only to find ourselves weary with a still-modest congregation.

What If Small is Better?

But here’s a thought: What if, instead of chasing after size, we focused on excelling as a small church? What if we stopped obsessing over filling more seats or acquiring grander buildings, and simply became the best spiritual family we can be with what we have right now?

What if instead of comparing ourselves to larger churches, harboring envy, engaging in criticism, or striving to imitate them; we embrace who we are and celebrate it?  The truth is those behaviors only obstructs our spiritual journey. It’s crucial to acknowledge that our path to a healthy church will differ from theirs. We should embrace one another, cease the negative talk and jealousy, and unite to promote a loving and supportive community within our own churches and those around us.

Let’s celebrate what we have, for in our pursuit of numerical growth, we sometimes forget the importance of being a better church at our current size. While growth is commendable, it shouldn’t be our sole focus. We must not let our obsession with size make healthy small churches and their devoted pastoral committees feel inadequate.

Remember, your church is meaningful, and its purpose is unique. We ought to refrain from romanticizing past triumphs or fixating on current societal church preferences. The fundamental need remains unchanged – spiritual progression.

Small Church Purpose

To uncover our church’s genuine purpose, we must relinquish the desire to be what we were not meant to be.  To fully embrace our identity in the eyes of our faith. Small churches wield profound influence in the spiritual realm, and by cherishing our size and identity, we can fulfill our divine calling.  We forget that many congregations were born of home circles of small groups of people worshiping together.

In the world of spiritualism, where connection and insight are paramount, our small churches can offer an intimate and powerful setting.  Not only for mediumship development and spiritual growth but a stronger community as a whole. Let’s focus on nurturing the spiritual essence of our congregation, for it is in our uniqueness that we find our true purpose.

So, my fellow spiritualists, remember that the size of your church doesn’t define its significance. Embrace the spirituality of your small church!    Together, let’s uncover the profound purpose that awaits us on this spiritual journey.  How has your perspective on church size and spirituality evolved over time?

Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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