What do most churches measure?
In fact, every week success is often gauged by how many people show up and how much they give.
I know many pastors who feel better on Monday because of these two numbers. When I was a pastor, I often counted how many people showed up at every event I attended. I was addicted to increasing numbers. Counting for me became an obsession. I loved to count heads and often was irritated when the total attendance of our Sunday services wasn’t tallied because someone forgot to count. I falsely linked my worth as a pastor to attendance as if I was responsible for everyone who showed up. That was totally ridiculous.
Discipleship isn’t how most churches want to measure success because it takes time. It’s a “crock pot” instead of a microwave.