At our meeting on Sunday night, your Session was in conflict! Hang on, I’ll explain; it’s a good thing!
First, we looked over some #’s for 2020. Even with Covid, Westminster membership increased from 493 to 511 persons. Worship attendance is hard to measure, but we believe, thanks to livestream, that more people than ever participated in worship. Finally, the church’s total expense budget for the year (Preschool included) was $1,148,143. All three #’s are encouraging.
Now the conflict.
We also reminded ourselves that those #’s, while important, are not by themselves signs of health and vitality. Jesus did not tell us to “Go get members and increase the budget” did he? No, the Great Commission is “Go make disciples.” (Mt. 28:19) The conflict comes, internally really, when we know we are pointed in the right direction and being called to a higher place. May I suggest it is a good conflict?
It is admittedly hard to look beyond the low-hanging fruit of increased membership and budget, but your Session is unanimous in choosing to measure the things that matter most. For instance, as a church, do we Worship Joyfully, Serve Faithfully, Give Generously, and Live Worthily? Those are true signs of health and vitality. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, do you Worship Joyfully, Serve Faithfully, Give Generously, and Live Worthily?
Together, we are called to that level of discipleship.