Over the past few years I've heard a lot of people complement St. Paul's by saying things like, "Congratulations. Your church is growing," or "You are meeting in a wonderful facility. You are doing well." Or even, "This church is going to be big." I confess that complements like these have often made me feel good about the direction of our young church. And they have helped me feel a sense of success about the work that we have set out to do. But over the past couple of months, I have found myself disenchanted from these definitions of success. These outward measures of success, which Dallas Willard labeled the ABC's of church growth- Attendance, Buildings, and Cash, are not often an accurate measure of God's work among us. For example, the Reveal Study, funded last decade by Willowcreek, found that although they had tens of thousands of people attending their services, beautiful facilities and a multi-million dollar budget, on the whole, their people weren't actually having their lives changed to reflect more of Christ's character.
Author: Cameron Lemons
Reflections from the pastor