Today's SC letter is an inspiring story taken from Tony and Felicity Dale's new book, "The Rabbit and the Elephant."
"'We will certainly pray for all of these requests,' I promised, 'and we will see what else we can do to help.' We managed to provide some assistance and each Tuesday Fran joined our group for prayer saying, 'You guys have meant so much to me! I look forward to Tuesday night all week' After spreading out her hands toward the rest of us at the table she joyfully declared, 'This is my church!'
Fran invited one of her waitresses (who was doing drugs) to come with her to get some help from her church. The waitress asked, "Where is your church located?" Fran pointed over to a booth in the corner of the restaurant and proudly proclaimed, 'Table number two!'
From that point on, our gathering has been called, The Church at Table Number Two!
"For years our goal was to grow our home gathering to the point where it would be obvious we would need to split off and start another group. It's not that this concept is terribly wrong; it's just terribly slow. Meanwhile the harvest is ripe and waiting.
"When we come across a person of peace, or discover someone interested in doing simple church, or lead someone to the Lord, we plant a new church in that person's home. We ask them to gather together their family and friends and we proceed to help them to plant a church in the surroundings they know best. The results have been truly remarkable. But why should we be surprised? This is exactly how Jesus taught us to do it."
"The Rabbit and the Elephant" Why small is the New Big for Today's Church. Tony and Felicity Dale , George Barna. Publisher BARNA an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.