I am not against counting things when it comes to church. The old adage which says, “We count people because people count” may be trite, but it is true. We should count the things that we keep track of. But all of us will readily admit that there is something suspicious going on with our relationship with the attendance figure. I believe it is because, at times, we look to it to justify ourselves and our ministries.
The equations on the chalkboard of our heart usually go something like this:
Lots of people = Visible success in ministry = I am happy
Fewer people = Failure in ministry = I am depressed
Anybody else think that math is a little fuzzy?
This is a really helpful piece, and I would encourage you to go and read the rest of it. Especially if you are a pastor. But even if you are not, if you are in the church, you need to read this because it reveals just some of the pressure that men in ministry are under. And sometimes, the pressure they are under is placed upon them because of the people in the pew.
What are we saying about the old adage of “nickels, numbers, and noise”? That in terms of gospel faithfulness, it might not be telling the whole story… and in fact it might be telling a lie.