We live in a metric driven society. The better you are at meeting your stated goals, the more successful you are considered. This way of thinking has crept into the American church during the last century and it’s wreaked havoc on many churches. The truth is, someone is always doing it better. Someone always has more. Someone always he higher numbers. And so on we go as leaders pushing and trying to make things happen all the while missing the fact that our responsibility is not to secure results.
Our role is to faithfully share the message that Peter proclaimed about Jesus, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (Mt 16:16 ESV). It’s in response to this statement that Jesus promises, “I will build my church and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18 ESV). We will not give an account for what we did in relation to others. But we will give an account of how faithful we were to God’s unique calling for us. When it comes to defining success in ministry, faithfulness is success.