My mother, after having experienced the power of the charismatic
renewal in the early 1970s, cornered my father, a faithful Lutheran
pastor, with the following critique: "If Lutheran theology is so good,
how did it miss the Holy Spirit?" He had no compelling reply, even after
studying again his books from seminary.
What is a great church? For many Americans, great is synonymous with large, volume equals vitality, quantity means quality. But a countertradition is quietly emerging. As more churches grow to stadium proportions, small congregations are coming to see their diminutive size as an asset for mission.