Halfway through our first year as a church, a little bit of pressure started to mount: Should our membership be increasing at a quicker rate? How will we pay the bills? What will I say to people who think we haven’t reached as many people as they think we should?
I went to a CBF conference for church starters in Texas last fall. One of our speakers, a man who was the first pastor of a 20 year old church plant, told us some advice I will never forget:
“Don’t worry about being successful; aim at being faithful.”
We don’t have to worry about the metrics that define worldly kingdoms. The Kingdom of God uses a different scorecard. As long as we are faithful to God’s calling, we can accept with great peace wherever our church ends up.
While all things that happen at our church matter and are significant, I don’t have to worry about anything. I can rest in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
We don’t have to worry about “budgets, baptisms, buildings and barbeques.” Instead, we aim to be faithful to our vision, mission and core values. Looking back over the last year or so since we launched, I can take the greatest pride in our faithfulness to who God called us to be.
Are you worried about being successful? Would it help you to instead aim to be faithful to God’s call for your church? It brought peace to mine.
Kyle Tubbs is the Lead Pastor at Grace. This post was originally published on the CBF blog. Kyle is writing for CBF as part of a monthly blog about church starting. Read his other blogs here: October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May.