Should your church be about growth?

Or spiritual development?

I started to name this piece of content:
Outcome Vs. Input

I often find myself more concerned about the outcomes.

Keep in mind, I’m also the behind-the-scenes guy of a program called 24toDouble.

We’ve put more than 2,500 churches through a process that helps them double their church size in two years.

When promoting that program on Facebook, we often get get blowback from pastors whose comments can be summed up like this…

“Hey, it’s not about the numbers. It’s about spiritual growth!”

Any my response to that—

Isn’t it really about … both?

As we talk about growth or spiritual development, the question that comes to my mind is—

Can you grow spiritually without impacting the people around you?

My contention is…

If your church is growing spiritually, it will grow numerically.

Three Bible verses that I’d like to speak into your heart today…

The first is 1 Corinthians 3:6:

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

In other words, God gives the increase. God is responsible for the outcome, pastor.

Then there’s Proverbs 21:31: 

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.

The outcome pastor, belongs to the Lord.

Finally, I’d like to share 1 Corinthians 15:57-58:

Don’t focus on the outcome. Focus on the input.

Focus on the work.

Focus on preparing the horse for battle.

Focus on the planting and the watering.

Let God take care of the outcome.

If your church isn’t growing the way you wanted it to, the outcome belongs to the Lord.

If you’re not able to reach the person across the street from your church, the outcome belongs to the Lord.

Pastor, if you’re not able to reach the people in your own family, the outcome belongs to the Lord.

I encourage you today to focus on the input.

You can have an outcome—that you’re not responsible for—if you plant and water.

In the Parable of the Sower, the last thing Jesus says is that the seed that fell on fertile soil produced 30, 60, 100 times what was sown.

For the last 6 years, Jerry Lawson and I have helped more than 2,500 churches find the more fertile soil within their church.

We’ve then taught them how to plant and water the seed that was sown.

24toDouble just may be the input that your church needs to experience the outcome that God has intended for it.

Richard Chancy