No matter how much we may try to help it along, church growth is God’s doing, not ours. When we set goals for how many new members we plan to add this coming year, we’re really setting quotas on God. We may think it’s time for growth in numbers when really it’s time to grow in heart so that our members are ready for the next level. On the other hand, we may think it’s time to grow when God thinks it’s time to explode. Consider the first Pentecost. If the church in Jerusalem had “cast a vision” of doubling in size that year, they would have been short by almost eight thousand souls. So what should we do? Trust in the Lord and serve him with gladness and singleness of heart. He’ll provide the growth when it’s time.
From the upcoming book, Think Again!, copyright 2007, 2013, A. Milton Stanley