In a recent article, Sacramental Minion and Pastor, Mark Wood, discusses the need for revitalization in the church in the 21st century. In this article, Pastor Wood reminds us:
…the church is “holy believers and sheep who hear the voice of their Shepherd” (Smalcald Articles, III:XII) and that this same Shepherd calls His church a “little flock” to whom it is the Father’s good pleasure to give the Kingdom (Luke 12:32), we should realize that we cannot preserve the church by our efforts, even when those efforts are successfully preserving an institution. Instead, the church – especially the church in decline – is Christ’s “little flock” in which we “abide in the Word” under His protective care. Revitalizing the declining church is a call to preserve our confession rather than our institution. It is a call that we can answer with the confidence that, because of the confession that the Lord graciously preserves through us, He will preserve His church and she will become “become increasingly larger in succeeding generations.”
We highly recommend that you visit the LCMS Blog and read the entire article.