Small, But Mighty! The story behind the November 2012 Assembly

Written By Debbie Dennis, Ruling Elder at Lansing Presbyterian Church

Small churches seldom host the Presbytery Assembly Meeting because they do not have the space and resources to do so. However, as the small churches of Mission Council 8 discovered, it can be done if churches work in collaboration.

Three years ago, eight small churches on the south side of Chicago (Burbank, Evergreen, Lansing, Morgan Park, Oak Lawn, Park Forest, South Holland and Tinley Park) began meeting together to encourage one another in their ministries.

Shortly after they began, Rev. Debbie Paton asked the group to work together to host an assembly meeting. Oak Lawn Community Church was suggested as a site with ample space.

Representatives from all eight churches met regularly to plan and prepare. Each meeting was a time to reflect on Scripture, pray for each other and share new ideas. Plans were made to reach a goal that was almost two years away. Individuals accepted leadership responsibilities, and shared their gifts and talents to “spruce up” the facility, prepare the meeting space and plan to be gracious hosts.

On the meeting day, more than 50 volunteers from the eight different churches joined for a day that ran flawlessly. These small communities with strong faith had been open to allowing God to do something they could not possibly have done alone.

One Response to “Small, But Mighty! The story behind the November 2012 Assembly”

  1. Bud and Lynn LaBine Says:

    It was a wonderful day and a joy to be part of it. It brought all our churches closer and we now have many new Christian friends.

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