When imagining Paul’s community in Corinth, we must learn to think small. Each time he went to a new town, he was starting from scratch. It took time to attract new persons to his message. So his earliest communities were small groups who would gather to share their faith.
From his letters, we know the names of fourteen male members of the Corinthian community, which is not meant to be a complete list. If we suppose they were all married, that would make a minimum of 28. And since two members—Crispus (Acts 18:8) and Stephanas (1 Cor 1:16; 16:15-16) had their “households” baptized with them, there would be several children, servants and other in-laws who would also belong. So we might guess that eventually about fifty people or so belonged to the Corinthian community by the time of Paul’s letters.
From Paul and the Eucharist: The Heart of Christian Community
By Steve Mueller
©2011 Steve Mueller
Paul and the Eucharist will be available as an e-book in the summer of 2011.