I recently visited with a pastor of a small church. He shared how his church feeds the homeless four times a week, maintains a clothing closet to help people when they need nice clothes for job interviews, and how the people in his church embrace the homeless who often wonder into their worship services. After hearing all his church was doing, I asked how many volunteers he had to make all of this ministry happen. To my surprise, he said TEN. I stood in shock wondering how ten people found the time and energy to make all that ministry happen.
What motivates such people? Surely not money, because none of them get paid, including the pastor. Surely not prestige, because few outside of that community realize all that church is doing. I only live twenty miles away and I did not know about all the ministry that church was doing. Surely not the hope of those homeless people cleaning themselves up and becoming tithing church members, as that hasn't happened in fifteen years of doing this ministry. Many have been saved, but when they clean themselves up, they go back to where they came from and live the life they should have been living before. It is a very transitional group. This pastor, and the members of his small church, are driven by the love of Christ to show compassion to those in need. They take seriously the command to show their faith by their works. Many larger churches talk about helping the needy, this small church does it.
They may be a small church with less than 30 in worship on Sunday, but they are impacting their community with the Gospel. We need more churches like this if we hope to push back spiritual darkness in our nation. Let us pray for God to raise up more volunteers, pastors and churches like this.
Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has been a pastor, church planter, denominational leader and author