This article really ministered to me today. All pastors should feel this way about their churches.
Church Growth by Karl Voters
There are no guaranteed steps to church growth. Because the church is people. And people don’t come with guarantees.
So, what’s a pastor to do? Here’s the only advice I know.
Discover what you and your church are supposed to be doing, then stay faithful to that mission and ministry. Faithfulness doesn’t help us reach our goals. Faithfulness is the goal.
Keep doing healthy, contextualized ministry. Remove any obstacles to growth and health. Stop comparing ourselves with others. And quit offering excuses.
Let God bring your church the kind of growth he wants. Even if it’s not the kind of growth you want. Or the church across town has. Let Jesus build his church.
Pastors aren’t called to grow bigger churches. We’re called to makes disciples. Equip the saints. Lead healthy churches to become redemptive communities filled with passionate followers of Jesus. Reach our community and world together, no matter how many people do or don’t end up in our seats on Sunday.
If you’re doing that, no matter how big or small your church is, you’re fulfilling your calling.
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,