I was in a church several decades ago in Ft. Worth that had been relocated about three or four years previously. When the church rebuilt, the Central Texas Annual Conference urged them to build a church that was considerably larger than their sixty to sixty-five person attendance on Sunday morning warranted. They expected that the church would always be about the same size as it had always been and resented the Conference making them build a larger facility.
Then a young pastor came to their church and within two years they had nearly 200 persons for worship. Needless to say, they were really crowded. They brought in chairs for each worship service. Today this church resents the Conference suggesting they build such a moderate sanctuary. They have been surprised by the new life in their newly reconstituted church.
Come on Easter Sunday morning and hear about the biggest surprise yet!