Church growth is an essential element in the Great Commission. But bigger churches are not.
This is not an anti-big-church rant. I love big churches. They’re great. They’re like padded seats, air conditioning and microphones. They can all be valuable tools, but they’re not essential to fulfilling the mandate Jesus gave us to go and make disciples.
There are a lot of pastors who don’t recognize that. For too many of my pastoral peers, church growth equals bigger churches. Period.
There is no cost too high to pay for the salvation of souls. But there is a cost too high to pay for bigger churches.