The Folly of Trying to Measure Success In Christ’s ‘First Shall Be Last’ Kingdom

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We don’t measure the things that matter. We measure the things we manage.

One of the unquestioned premises of the church growth movement is that when something matters to us, we measure it. So we count attendance and keep track of ups and downs to track a church’s health.

The idea of counting the things that matter makes sense – if you’re an accountant or a manager.

But it wouldn’t be accepted by one artist or prophet. Here’s why.

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2 thoughts on “The Folly of Trying to Measure Success In Christ’s ‘First Shall Be Last’ Kingdom”

  1. On CT, you asked whether Jesus used any term that even comes close to the word “metrics”? He did, you may recall: “The measurement you measure with, will measure you.” (“En o métro metreíte metrithísetai ymín.”) Matthew 7.2.

    In context he obviously meant our judgment and standards… and sometimes our double standards. But in the other gospels, it’s pointed out we’ll get back more than we put out. [Mk 4.24, Lk 6.38] If all we’re fixated on are the smallness of things, we haven’t positioned ourselves for God to pour out abundance.

    1. That’s an interesting take. But the verses about getting back what we put out are about the value of generosity, not the importance of keeping track of numerical growth, which is what church metrics are designed to track.

      The point isn’t to be fixated on smallness, but to find value outside the numbers.

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