When it's a plant.
The point is valid, though. We're a relatively decent number on a typical Sunday, between 20 and 30 folk. Plenty of churches in the UK and in France have fewer people. And we're busting out of our building, but we'll have a new place to meet from this summer where we'll have a little room to grow.
Meanwhile people sometimes ask questions which we cannot answer as they would wish. Like:
Can I get tax relief on my giving to the church?
The answer is no. Until we are an Association 1905 we cannot issue reçus fiscaux, and to register as an Asso 1905 we need 28 members aged over 18.
Who's the pastor? Who are the elders?
Well who called a pastor? What church meeting appointed elders? We do not yet have sufficient stable church members to allow election of elders and appointment of a pastor. Till then I am the de facto pastor, but I doubt if I will actually be called as the first pastor of Bordeaux Church.
If we become a fully fledged bilingual church with a French congregation as well as an English, then maybe we will be able to call a pastor within 5 years or so. If we remain anglophone then I expect it could take as long as ten years. And in that case my successor would logically be the first official pastor of Bordeaux Church.
And as for me, I couldn't care less. I'm not building a ministry here. We're building a church.