There are many reasons the church we attend will not become a "mega church." And trust me, I am not complaining, in the least bit, about that fact.
First of all, our church doesn't care about numbers, they care about souls and the positions of people's hearts. It is not looking for people just to fill seats, they want people who will serve in the church and the community. Secondly, our church believes in getting into one another's lives. They are actually restructuring some things that will promote small groups and allow each member to become involved with one another. Finally, our pastor only preaches what is found in the Bible. You will not hear any "prosperity Gospel" or any message that cannot be backed by the solid, absolute truth of the Bible. He also preaches messages that make people uncomfortable, he does not believe in leaving an "elephant in the room," and he is not afraid to offend when it is for the sake of speaking and sharing the truth. He is a man seeking to glorify God, not the approval from man. In fact, I challenge you to click here and listen to the sermon from today (will probably be up Monday or Tuesday). Here's the scripture that was used as the basis for the sermon:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:6-10)
I love this place, and am so thankful that it is a place that believes in and teaches truth, not what the world wants to hear. I appreciate the fact that sometimes my reaction is "ouch," and not "amen." I am blessed to be a part of this body of believers.