Tomorrow morning my family and I will gather together with about 75 other people to worship God. To some, a congregation of 75 is unthinkably small. To others, perhaps it is enviably large. And, interestingly, many American churchgoers would feel right at home, 75 being the national median of worship attendance.*
But something else is going on. Even that first paragraph reveals a small-faith, provincial thinking about the church.
If my family and I have eyes of faith to see it, we will gather tomorrow with the saints around the world. We will join our voices to all those who worship God in Spirit and in truth. Tomorrow, my church will baptize thousands and preach the gospel to millions more. Tomorrow, my church (of which our local body is barely a sliver of a pinky nail) will meet together with God and raise our voices in such a shout that it will seem as a wall of thunder and water in the gates of heaven. Tomorrow we will together release our battering rams against the gates of hell.
So: how big is your church?
Edit: It was helpfully pointed out that I misused the statistics somewhat. Here’s the scoop: the average (mean) church in America has attendance of 75. But the average churchgoer in America worships alongside 300-400 people on Sunday. This article helps explain what my statistically limited brain cannot. Please excuse my mix-up.