Last Sunday our family was out of town so we visited a church. It is a church in the same denomination as the congregation that I pastor. It is located in the same state. We are even part of the same district. But, as with anything we experience for the first time, there were some things that were very different between our churches.
I noticed the size difference. The church we visited on Sunday is probably on the verge of what we’d call a “mega church” or as a friend of mine describes it, a “Wal-Mart church: they’re a big box”. They offer a wide variety of opportunities and ministries and appear to do them quite well. Our church is more of a “Cheers” church: where everybody knows your name. We don’t offer nearly as many ministries but there is a high level of intimacy between the people who worship at our church. We visited the big church for the first time and nobody knew it except for us. That wouldn’t be possible in our church.