“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 centred. 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 a believer, 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.’
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
SAY THIS: I will define success in ministry based on the definition Christ teaches and not based on the ideas of the world.