Keeping It Real


Ed Stetzer has a brilliant post on his blog dealing with the importance of realistic expectations in church planting. Don’t fall into the trap of comparing your church size/ministry with pastors serving in other places or even comparing your church with it’s performance in the past.

Focus on the ministry goals that you set for the year. Let your current ministry performance be the standard by which you judge your effectiveness. If you aren’t meeting the expectations you set, pray fervently, work harder, and analyze the situation to see if you are using the proper methodology to accomplish the task. If you are far exceeding the expectations/goals, then you need to reevaluate your goals, and adjust them to be more realistic. Don’t sandbag so that you can feel good about exceeding your goals by the end of the year. That is a false accomplishment. But if God blesses far beyond your expectation, give Him praise.

Most importantly, do not get caught up in trying to keep up with FBC Joneses. They are called to be obedient to God in their context. You are called to be obedient in yours.

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