Let me run something by you. I haven’t given this a great deal of thought. Hardly any, actually. But I’m going to throw it out there anyway — as rough, unfinished, and possibly wrong as it may be.
There’s a lot of discussion these days about spiritual maturity in our churches. Some large congregations are being referred to as far-reaching, yet shallow. Small churches are sometimes said to be unconcerned with the lost and how to reach them, demonstrating their own immaturity. And it seems there have been a billion criteria suggested by which we should gauge a church’s maturity. [I wrote the other day about biblically measuring kingdom growth, but I see that as different from the maturity of a single congregation.] How’s this for a thought?
Can we effectively gauge a church’s maturity by asking this simple question:
Who is doing most of the work, and is it being done in love?
What do you think? And I don’t mind being wrong. I mind incredibly being told I’m wrong, but — just kidding. Your thoughts?