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Measuring Success

Two dangers exist for pastors when it comes to setting standards for success. One is to shoot for the moon. The other is to throw in the towel.
— Stuart Briscoe

When I was a young businessman in England, a group of church leaders got together in a major city to plan how they could sponsor an evangelist and hold meetings.

An older gentleman, something of a self-appointed archbishop, rose to address the assembly. He gave a stirring speech decrying the idea of making plans to increase the number of believers. He ended with a rhetorical flourish: "God has called us to be faithful, not successful!"

"Amen!" responded the assembly. The group then voted to scrap the evangelistic enterprise.

They had mistakenly concluded that faithfulness and success are diametrically opposed. Unfortunately, that's not an uncommon assumption.

The issues of size and success are inseparable for many pastors. For some bigger is better, with success defined as continued growth in membership, giving, and attendance. The ...

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