Thursday, March 22, 2007

Church growth and goals

No matter how much we may try to help it along, church growth is God’s doing, not ours. When we set goals for how many new members we plan to add this coming year, we’re really setting quotas on God. We may think it’s time for growth in numbers when really it’s time to grow in heart so that our members are ready for the next level. On the other hand, we may think it’s time to grow when God thinks it’s time to explode. Consider the first Pentecost. If the church in Jerusalem had “cast a vision” of doubling in size that year, they would have been short by almost eight thousand souls. So what should we do? Trust in the Lord and serve him with gladness and singleness of heart. He’ll provide the growth when it's time.

I’m going out of town again for a few days but hope to be back here Monday. Hope you are, too.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley


John said...

Great post Milton! I totally agree with you. What you say Milton, wouldn't be accepted by most Christian leaders today, so I commend you for saying it. Keep up the good work.

Be encouraged!

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, John, for being the uber-encourager that you are! Peace.