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A Church’s Success Isn’t in the Numbers


For years, we had defined success by the strength of our programs and numbers—

but after meeting with the mayor, we began to think differently. We redefined success as coming behind those in the community who were already doing such great work and helping them achieve their goals.

We decided that if we could feed the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, mentor kids, give blood, or join in any of the other wonderful things already happening around our community, that would be how we measured success.

As a result, we’ve become much more connected to our community.

We have devoted ourselves to caring for the needs of those around us. That’s the game we’re playing now.

Of course, not everybody agrees with us. There are members of the community who are still having a hard time believing we care, not just trying to promote our own agenda. There are also members in the church who are angry about our resources going to people outside the congregation.

I was accused of being a liberal for talking about the poor as much as I do.

But I don’t care.

One of the cornerstones of Jesus’ ministry was simultaneously caring for physical and spiritual needs.

We want to do ministry like Jesus did.