For years, my emotions rode the roller coaster of attendance. After a strong week of attendance I felt good about myself and life. After a bad week of attendance, I felt like the world was crashing down around me.
I was consumed with bringing people in. Never once did I lay awake wondering why we hadn’t sent more people out.
About ten years into leading Life Church, I started thinking about how big we were (according to some standards), but how little we’d actually accomplished (according to God’s standards). Compared to the real needs of our communities, we had not made a significant difference.
That’s when I got excited about a new measurement of success. Instead of “defining the win” by how many people we brought in, what if success was measured by how many people we sent out?
- How many can we send into our communities to serve?
- How many can we send into the world to evangelize those without Christ?
- How many can we send to help start new churches?
Rather than just celebrating those we bring in, let’s celebrate those we send out!