Going into church planting we knew things would be small. We had about thirty coming to our core group meetings at the time. But a lot of us moved to Nashville, knowing only a handful of people. Of course we knew it was going to take time to grow. However, we had heard all these statistics being church planters, that made us desire not to be another statistic. Things will be different with the church we lead, We may start small, but we will grow at a good pace, and when we do... the bigger the better.
I don't think most of us go into church planting thinking, if my church is bigger it is better. But I do think most of us want our church to grow, beat statistics, and become large. Why? Because, success to us is defined in numbers. I think the question I heard the most planting over five years was, "How many people are coming?" This question not only came from people who weren't in full-time ministry but from pastors' too. Without knowing it, this question started taking hold of us and making us long for the numbers to be higher.
We see all these large churches with leaders we admire, and of course we desire that. That looks like success. But, I once heard a pastor respond to someone who asked him how he stayed humble, "Humility? You have no idea what my family and I have walked through to get where we are today." I love that! That statement couldn't get more true. The longer you lead a church, will you understand that. There are tough seasons we go through as pastors, after all we have a huge target on our heads. We cannot envy other people's pulpits, because they have walked through tough seasons most of us rather not go through to get where they are today.
I know that in society success is defined by numbers. But, take a look around pastor's wife/pastor, success is how many you have coming right now. God didn't call you to preach to thousands, and only give you a hundred people. Right now, in this season are the people He has given you to shepherd. Maybe one day the church you lead will grow exponentially, but until then be faithful to those you have.
We need to stop praying God gives us more people, and start praying God trust us with the ones we have, so one day we can be ready when He brings more.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor