It is amazing what people can do when they work together. Despite not having a pastor for three years, the congregation of First Baptist Church in Spearfish Pass in South Dakota has managed to grow and they are now getting ready to celebrate the Church’s 60th anniversary.
When the last pastor left there were only four members in the congregation. In the last three years it has grown to 40 parishioners. One member has described the Church as being “blessed.”
One of the reasons why it has been so difficult to find a pastor is because of its size and location. The community is relatively isolated and attracts more elderly parishioners.
“It’s hard to get people to come to a small town,” said Shelisa Davis, a member of the congregation.
Despite the problems, the people have gathered together to not only worship but also have managed to complete a much-needed renovation of the original sanctuary. The work included repairing the foundation and installing a new furnace.
Not only was all the work completed but they didn’t have to go into debt to pay for it. With these upgrades the church’s next project is to plan its 60th anniversary, which will be celebrated in June.
What do you think? Is this a plan/leadership structure that could help tranform the smaller, rural church? Why did this work with this church? And why do we not see more ‘totally lay led’ churches?