Instead of Easy Growth By Numbers

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Church leader, what is it that you hope to actually accomplish? Notice I didn’t ask, “How large is your church?” The question is, “What do you want to accomplish?” Not what you hope might happen if you play the numbers by attracting enough people, getting more Twitter or Facebook followers, but to actually see lives changed by the Living God?

Anyone can count, but these meaningless measurements will only sidetrack you. It might be easy to assess, concrete and measurable, but is that the purpose Jesus told you to strive for?

I know that there’s a long history of equating numerical growth with success, but perhaps that standard, even though it enhances pastoral and elder ego, might not be the primary metric. Perhaps those new people transferring from the church down the street, those views of your website, clicks on your programs, and likes are only exciting because they’re all we know, not relevant to our mission from Jesus.

If you and your team of leaders can agree on two goals–to make disciples and love one another–the Holy Spirit might surprise you with your journey toward eternal impact.

Throughout church history, discipleship and unity have almost always been disregarded by the prevailing metric for church “success.” When you chase the same metric every other church is chasing in spite of the fact that we’re having little impact on culture, you’re likely to either achieve the same goal (growth) or shame over your failure.

But if you can see past the earthly metrics to heavenly success, it’s possible to radically change lives, marriages, families, communities, and even culture.

Make disciples; love one another.