The life of the Church is not mega-churches and it’s not house-churches. It’s not a matter of planting your church in a carefully selected location that fits a target demographic for optimal growth potential, and it’s not small congregations holding steady for generations.
The life of the Church is something else entirely.
The life of the Church is the Spirit of Christ, sent by our heavenly Father. (John 14:16.) All believers in Jesus are together the family of God (1 Peter 2:17), and it doesn’t matter whether the local fellowship is large or small but that it belongs to Jesus. (Matthew 16:18.) No matter how many or how few are among those being counted, Jesus says everyone counts. (Matthew 18:20.)
In fact, when it comes to counting heads, church growth gurus would consider Jesus’ own numbers to be a cause for concern.
When Jesus’ ministry on earth came to an end he focused not on numbers but on family, and I think that is the focus we should have as well as we look on one another and our place in the church.
After all, it’s not a matter of whether your church is growing in numbers or not. It’s a matter of whether you grow together in Jesus’ family.
Jesus’ following dwindled to one guy and a handful of women. Church growth gurus call that failure. In John 19:26-27, Jesus called them family.