Is Numerical Growth a True Measure of Church Success?
Series 01 Straight Truth Podcast
In the recent episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Josh Philpot and Dr. Richard Caldwell explore the nuanced perspective of church growth and success, challenging the common belief that numerical expansion indicates health and vitality in a church. Dr. Caldwell emphasizes that equating growth with success can be perilous, advocating instead for a definition of success rooted in fidelity to the Word of God and Christ's imparted responsibilities to the church. Highlighting principles like faithful shepherding, biblical baptism, and addressing sin within the church community, he underscores that while numerical and financial increases in a congregation might seem encouraging, they should not be the focal point, as they can invite a potentially detrimental, pragmatic approach to ministry. Dr. Caldwell urges churches to prioritize spiritual faithfulness over growth strategies, aligning actions with biblically expressed ministry goals and celebrating genuine conversions and spiritual maturation as blessings, not direct objectives, of a devoted church body.
|Oct 5, 2023