“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”
Honestly, what would you think of a man who loses a congregation of five thousand in one day? He is such a failure isn’t he? Jesus had no clue. He didn’t know how to keep a church growing. To the average mind, it would seem that Jesus ruined his ministry by not telling people what they wanted to hear.
The reality is, Jesus showed us that success in ministry is not at any cost. In fact, he shows us the proper definition of true success in ministry. It isn’t the cheering crowds or the filled seats, and it is beyond meeting physical needs, or being socially and politically relevant. Preach it as it is. Let those who are really after God stay.
Also, ministry should not be need centered. Don’t try to grow your church on welfare! There is a kind of ‘growth’ that is not growth at all. It is the kind birthed by gimmicks of any kind. Don’t give them what they want. Show them what they should want. Stay faithful to the word.
As a minister of the gospel, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ear; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
As someone who is not a pastor, make sure that you don’t just go to church to feel good. Go to a place where the integrity of the word is given first place. Don’t have ‘itching ears.’
SAY THIS: I will define success in ministry based on the definition Christ teaches and not based on the ideas of the world.