Justification By Attendance (via TheResurgence)

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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?

via Justification By Attendance | TheResurgence.

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.

I am a pastor, a husband, a father, and a lover of Jesus. I am also an unpredictable blogger, who can go for several years without blogging a thing, and then inexplicably write a book. Perhaps this is one of those times.

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One comment on “Justification By Attendance (via TheResurgence)
  1. JennyRain says:

    what is interesting is that I moved from a mega-church, to a small-town wee lil church, back to a mega church… there are such beautiful differences in each. Bloom where you are planted I say… if God has called you to be big – shine… but if God is calling you to be small… shine where you are.

    there are benefits to big and small churches alike… we always think the grass is greener, but it isn’t. Enjoy what you got I say. Numbers do not mean fully-devoted followers.

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