Great Ministry, Pound For Pound

 As pastors and members we easily confuse the measure of greatness in the local church. We all know and admire the heavyweights whose numbers are the size of small cities. I should know because I am in one of those churches. But one thing my senior pastor has taught me is not to elevate numbers beyond other dimensions of measurement God considers more important. He knows and I know that numbers do not translate to church health, disciple making, and God's justice being delivered missionally through our efforts. We also know that the scale of our church demands proportional measures of faith and fruitfulness with the people we have. We might be in the "heavyweight" division but measured on the "pound for pound scale" we have found churches a fraction of our size outperforming us in many ways in areas of our weakness.