Because of obvious administrative complications, a closed communion table can be managed best in numerically small church memberships, but, in much larger churches, only with difficulty, or perhaps not at all.

This not only suggests the invalidity of the 20th century ‘superchurches’ which boast thousands of members, but also perhaps dictates the ideal blueprint for church size at an absolute maximum of perhaps only a hundred or a hundred and fifty members, because any number larger than that is impossible to effectively administer a closed communion to, (ie, to teach, discipline, mature and mobilise the entire membership). It would seem then, that inherent in the practice of closed communion is the blueprint for correct missions strategy. For, just like the scientific principle observable in nature known as ‘cell-division’ in a healthy specimen of God’s created human body, perhaps the mark of a healthy church (Christ’s body) is that it grows to a maximum size of say 150 members and then willingly divides itself, 75 members remaining where they are and the other 75 securing a new meeting building in a different but neighbouring area, before growing again and repeating the process, thus, instead of only one five-thousand strong ‘superchurch’ locked in one location and dubiously serving an entire region or county, we would see the Christian population cumulatively mushrooming into many many small and perfectly functioning autonomous churches evenly distributed across the nation, one on every corner and in every village, and some in urban areas only a street apart, distinctly reaching into, touching and influencing the lives of local unbelievers with whom they exist in such close proximity.

Is it any wonder that in the 18th and 19th centuries, when closed communion and a generally greater care by churches for discipline and productivity in church membership was the norm, this is in fact precisely what we did see! There was a small non-conformist church of some description in every street and village, and concurrent with it, revival-borne Christianity and a higher moral standard of living was the predominant national culture. It is only in the last fifty years since closed communion has become universally disdained and ditched by so-called churchmen, that we have seen these many tiny once faithful and active local churches dying off and vanishing from the landscape, leaving vast areas of the nation unchurched and wallowing in godless lawlessness without any local Christian witness. Closed Communion is thus arguably a core church doctrine, and an indispensable key to church management, longevity, expansion, mission, and the righteousness of nations.


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