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This past weekend, I did my first attempt at the Creative Church Workshop I am developing. It went quite well and I am chomping at the bit to do it again. There were only three people there besides me. Many would have been discouraged with that turnout but while I will admit to wishing we had a few more people, I was happy with the way things went and it was a good day.

I think this is something we need to guard against. It’s easy to be disappointed by a small turnout. It’s easy to get caught up in numbers and while some people will chastise you for that, numbers are people and people are important. I was even given the option of postponing my workshop for another day but I decided to go ahead with it. To me it wasn’t really even a decision. God gave me three people and so I did my best to sow into three people. Rather than trying to do the polished presentation I worked for weeks on, I adapted and went with a more intimate discussion format. I still went into most of the points I intended to cover, because I felt like those were things I needed to share, but we went a lot more personalized than a large group can do. It didn’t go exactly as planned but people were inspired to go back to their home churches and try something new, I made some new friends and God was at work.

There were a few things I could have done better leading up to the workshop. I only promoted to the churches in my district and on my social media. This was a deliberate decision, because in a workshop like this one, there are a lot of variables and I wanted to make sure they all worked before doing a bigger event. In retrospect I could have promoted more, but again a small group allowed me to iron things out and really personalize things.

Jesus said “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” I believe this to be true. We are also reminded not to despise wall beginnings and we need to keep these things in mind. Sometimes what we see as small things can do huge things for the Kingdom. Don’t give in to disappointment when things don’t turn out quite the way you imagined. Instead make the most of every opportunity, trusting God to turn a little into a lot.

He’s done it before…

Comments
  1. victoria1953 says:

    Amen!

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