Christian Chronicle

Small churches: a mission field?

Colorado initiative equips and encourages ministers, leaders and their families.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Matthew Morine’s friends in ministry keep quitting.

The job, tough in normal times, became insurmountable during the pandemic.

“It’s not because they dislike ministry or they’re not wanting to serve the church,” said Morine, pulpit minister for the Castle Rock Church of Christ in this booming Rocky Mountain city of 80,000.

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“They can’t afford it,” the 45-year-old native Canadian said of the typically low-paying vocation. “And there is so much conflict in our churches that they’re finally getting tired of it.”

The Castle Rock church, which averages Sunday attendance of about 230, wants to be a part of the solution.

“Essentially, our mission is: How do we invest in churches in Colorado?” said Morine, the congregation’s minister for 14 years. 

“Castle Rock is an affluent area with lots of resources,” the preacher explained, noting the city’s nearly tenfold growth since 1990. “And we have a strong church.”

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

Featured photo by Audrey Jackson

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