I've been very busy lately...not much time for any "meaningful" posting (or even meaningful comments on other blogs). Busy can be good...my hope is that I don't overwhelm myself with a busy-ness that isn't fruitful (which I've done in the past).
At any rate, one of the blogs I try to read at least weekly (and don't always succeed) is Out of Ur by the Leadership Journal and Christianity Today.
A recent post called "Good Things Come in Small Congregations" made me really think. In terms of stereotypical suburban ministry, JUMC is a "small congregation", especially when compared to neighboring communities such as Baldwin: Community UMC, Bethel Park: Christ UMC, and Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. We are significantly larger than the stereotypical small rural congregation, of course, but much of this is relative.
As we continue to grow, we will soon transition to another phase of ministry. In doing so, we run the risk of losing some of the good qualities of a smaller congregation. Certainly, the challenges I face as pastor will evolve into new challenges, which is healthy and wonderful. But I wonder if there's a way to straddle the fence, keeping the best of both worlds?
At any rate, I'm off to the hospital, with questions to ponder and an exciting but uncertain future about which to pray.