Why Join a Small Church?

It’s a lot of work.  It’s a long shot.  But if you want to get off the bench, if you are looking for a challenge, if you’re looking for an opportunity to grow a ministry—then a small church might be just what you need!

Why join a small church? For many in our culture today, there is simply no good reason. There’s nothing there for my kids. The quality of the music isn’t as good. There’s not enough different small group offerings. There’s too much work for too few people. For too many, to go to a small church means that—if they are to have all of the things they want for themselves and their children—they will have to do the work. Or it just won’t get done. For many in our busy, consumer-driven culture, that’s just untenable. I pay my offerings, and I expect to get something back. Sunday’s my only day off.

Of course, I could refute all of the excuses as unbiblical—you’re supposed to serve in your local church, and you’re supposed to recognize that all you have is God’s and gladly give back a portion to His Kingdom work (yes, I think the tithe—10% is a good, biblical principle). But beyond that, suppose everyone in big churches thought that someone else ought to serve, and someone else ought to give. Where would the big churches be?

Most likely, your local small church pastor is not on syndicated radio or television. Small church coffee is usually plain old Folgers with some powdered non-dairy creamer on the side. It’s unlikely the sound equipment and worship technology in the small church are cutting-edge. There’s probably no play gym in the small church kids’ area. Quite possibly, some of the facilities will be in a state of aging or disrepair that wouldn’t fly for a minute in a big church. The small church may even have some annoying idiosyncrasies that get under your skin. The small church’s members may come across as a bit discouraged.

But there is still good reason to join a small church.

First, the small church can be very effective. Actually, most big churches started out as small churches and did a very good job of reaching out to their communities. Second, big churches can spare you, and small churches need you! You can help turn the tide. You can have an immediate positive impact in the small church. If you don’t mind getting off your backside, working hard, and really pitching in to see something grow for the Kingdom of God, the small church may the place for you.

It’s a lot of work. It’s a long shot. But if you want to get off the bench, if you are looking for a challenge, if you’re looking for an opportunity to grow a ministry—then a small church might be just what you need!

If you are in the Tampa Bay area, maybe Bible Baptist Church of Seffner is the place for you. If you want to bring your talents and lay them on the altar before the Lord, we have a place for you! We are an older congregation, but we are looking to serve younger families. We want to grow, and we want to have a kingdom impact right here in east Hillsborough County, Florida. We have called a new pastor who desires to lead the charge. If you are a musician, a teacher, someone good with kids, a handyman, or just someone willing to work hard at whatever you can do, then we need you!

Come grow with us!

Pastor Bart

Pastor Bart Denny

Pastor Bart Denny

A native of Michigan, Pastor Bart has served at Bible Baptist Church since February 2017. He previously served as director of operations at Fellowship Baptist Church in Thonotosassa, Florida. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University. Before surrendering to full-time ministry, Pastor Bart served 22 years in the Navy, and was stationed on two submarines and two destroyers before commanding a coastal patrol ship. Bart and his wife, Jennifer, have been married since 1993. They have two adult children, Kyle and Kiersten, and a third child, Owen, in high school.