There is a general consensus that a small setting/few people are better for connecting with each other and with God. Almost all denominations have small groups. Some denominations are just small 🙂 We have the house church movement. Small Christian communities can be found all over the world. Most of the leavers of the organised part of church actively promote a smaller setting for coming together. I am one of them.
But for some time I’ve been wondering, how far are we willing to take what we believe? Let me explain. If we believe in small personal settings for getting to know God, do we then also believe in the preciousness of the small everywhere? Will we rather go to the small one-owner store than the mall? All around us individuals are trying to make it on their own little space. Will we be the ones who connect and support them? Hairdresser, mechanic, bookshop etc.
The reason I ask is because, especially in business, there are large systems at work. These systems do not really care about the small guy/gal. (The church is not the only space around us who became a system.) We live in these systems. Are we going to get out of them as well, or is it only the church that bothers us?
What are your thoughts?