Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I guess in the last few weeks, I have started to see things differently. Sunday "attendance" is not as important as Monday-Saturday church life. If the church is interacting with each other during the week doing life on life fellowship, prayer and mission then that's something to feel good about when you arrive on Sunday. When the usual empty seats are due to sickness, vacations or whatever, they're not so much of a bummer when you know that the church is actually functioning like a living organism more than on Sunday morning.
The real score card for church success isn't really something as tangible as bodies, budges and buildings. It's more of an intangible thing like growth in godliness, growth in knowledge, unity, loving interaction and stories of gospel witness encounters. Transformed lives, fruitfulness and hunger for holiness is a better measure of a successful church. When Sunday is down for some reason, it won't be such a big deal if these other intangibles are present in the life of the church.