June 25, 2008

Small Churches as Seeds Waiting to Grow

Story #1: A United Methodist Church official says small churches are the "backbone" of the denomination and deserve more attention. Read more here.

Story #2: A small church in southeast Dallas, which has produced 9 tons of organically grown vegetables for local food pantries. The church has a part time pastor, an annual budget of about $40,000 and draws about 30 to worship on a typical Sunday. Read the story here.

Story #3: Jesus told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!" Read the story in Matthew 13.