I live and pastor a church in a small town, East Brewton Alabama. East Brewton is separated only by a creek from the town of Brewton. Brewton and East Brewton, both small towns that make up one community even though some who live In these towns would deny that both communities are one. That’s another subject for another day. The point, It’s a small community. We only have one zip code for home addresses and that zip code also includes much of the rural area around these two towns. The total population of the zip code is just a little over 16,000. Ok, I’ve made my point. It’s a small community.The church I pastor, First Assembly of God in East Brewton is located on nine ares of beautiful land that years ago was home to the Eagle Drive in theatre. Sitting on this property we have three buildings that are used for ministry. The first houses our main sanctuary which only seats about one seventy-five the building also houses our offices, old fellowship hall, nurseries and several classrooms. It measures one hundred feet by on hundred feet or ten thousand square feet. Building number two measures one hundred feet by seventy -five feet or seven thousand five hundred square feet with bout another one thousand square feet upstairs. It houses our student ministry center, the kitchen, banquet hall, our clothing ministry and video studio. Our third building is an old school portable building that was moved onto our property and renovated. It houses part of our children’s ministry and is maybe seven hundred and fifty square feet (I haven’t measured). All other buildings are storage and maintenance related. So we have a little over eighteen thousand square feet of ministry space, total.
Right now our Sunday morning attendance bounces around from about one hundred thirty to one hundred fifty-five. Not a big church by the worlds standard. There are hundreds and hundreds of churches in our nation that run in the hundreds and thousands. I know many churches that are in small towns and are larger than First Assembly.
I want our church to be larger and we’re working hard to reach more people. However it amazes me when I talk to people in our community about our church and tell them where we are located. Without fail they will say something like, Oh, The Big Church. What? The other day I was talking to a lady about our church and it’s location AND SHE SAID. Oh that huge church! WHAT? WHAT? A few years ago a man stopped attending our church of one-fifty and when I asked him why he said, “I don’t like big churches.” What? Granted, we are one of the larger churches in our town but that’s not saying much and granted there are tons of churches in our communities that are much smaller in facilities and numbers than we are but does that qualify us a being big or even huge? I guess size is in the eyes of the beholder.
I live in a small town that I love. I love this community but if they think our church is big or even huge, does that make our church a mega church in small town in south Alabama? No! I just thought I’d share. I aways smile when someone says, “Oh that big church.” My hope is that this church will grow beyond anything we’ve ever been and blow the mind of this community.