Messed up measurements

Jonathan Falwell on ‘ministry measurements’.

In a post over at the Christian Post, here is some of what he had to say:

“I believe that we have self-imposed measurements of success that are skewed, that are wrong… The measurements of success are all messed up.”

While there is nothing wrong with the “Top 25” or “Top 100” largest churches or most influential lists, trying to make it to those lists has forced many pastors to focus on the masses rather than “the one.”

“Stop focusing on the ‘big ministry’ and the ‘big outreach,” he urged, noting that ministers place too much pressure on themselves. “Start focusing on one person, one hurting person, who’s lost, … who’s desperate to hear the Gospel.”

“We have a responsibility to minister to the one.”

You can read more here…

Your thoughts?



  • Pastorshane January 28, 2013 Reply

    of course I am a fan of this article….
    pastoring a 110 year old church that has NEVER broken 100 in attendance…..
    that simply isn’t the ministry God called me to…. I am amazed at how often in the NT, the good Lord spent time 1-on-1 with people. His time on earth was short, yet, he always had time to work with the one person that no one else cared to be around

  • janiskw January 28, 2013 Reply

    I totally agree… what about a ministry that saves and sends? That’s been ours. Do we have a “successful church” ? Not according to some who have not hesitated to tell us so.
    But we’ve had hundreds come into relationship with Christ and move on to another easier to survive in community.
    So, that’s not “successful” ? to whom?
    I’m really tired of what pastors do to each other. The minute they sit down they ask “So, how many attend your church?” UGH

  • Tom Fillinger January 29, 2013 Reply

    Edgar Schein, Prof. Emeritus at MIT said; “What you have not defined, you cannot measure.” He is precisley accurate in this contention.

    The church claims to make disciples, but, if you ask 20 people in any given church what a disciple is you may get 25 different answers.

    More is better and biggest is best. That is the Metric of many evangelical churches – – numbers. Attendnace, Offerings Baptisms, etc. What we should measure is Transformation into the Image of Christ. This is a matter of character and conduct embracing and living the One Another Commands of Scripture.

    It is possible to measure both personal and organizational transformation. We provide such a process in the Leadership Development ministry we provide to Pastors and Churches – 803 413 3509.

    A timely and much needed topic of discussion. Thanks much.

    In Grace,
    Tom Fillinger
    IgniteUS, Inc.

  • Ministering to one leads to many. Christ’s model for ministry is easy to follow. Multitudes chasing you down in less than four years! A couple of us minister miracles home to home, hospital room to hospital room and stadiums will not hold those who will seek us out. We keep discipling others to do the same and the potential is limitless. Let me know if I can help you set this up in your local church.

  • Stephen Canfield January 29, 2013 Reply

    Honestly, I think this advice is spiritually reassuring, but will just lead to more pastors out of a job. The biggest reason people are leaving the ministry is because their church can’t pay them enough or its too demanding of a job.

    I think if we wanted to see pastors stay in ministry longer we would give them more business training and less abstract Theology. This coming from a student at Liberty where Falwell’s brother is president. I am taking their leadership courses and learning little about how to actually lead in the church.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • Pastor Tom Smith January 31, 2013 Reply

      No offense Steven, but did Jesus have business plan? The church is not a business, it is people, and if you are not getting that from Liberty University, you had better go and get an MBA from another university, and get a job a GM. instead.

      Most new church start-ups are bi-vocational for a reason.

      Just my two cents too.

  • Pastor Tom Smith January 31, 2013 Reply

    Being a Bi-Vocational Pastor in a backwater town, with a small SBC congregation, we could never be a “SUCCESSFUL” church by that definition. However, My congregation is out there on any day meeting with the lost, and the hopeless, with me as the cheerleader. That is enough for me.

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