One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means.
The same can be said for church growth. Many people write about it. Few have done it. Some have produced something that looks like church growth, but which is in fact a swelling of people or a selling of a product. Those who have done it may not be able to explain the true reasons for it. Some write from a biblical standpoint, and it is to scripture that we must go for the causes and contributions to church growth. But even then is it legitimate to write about what one has never done and does not plan to do, by obeying the Lord's mandate?
How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love - Brain Pickings
In his last paragraph of today's devotional, Ed Mathews wrote about Ezekiel's commission, using Ezek 2.5 as his main text:
"This passage has a special significance for ministers of the word. It shows them the rigors of their appointment, the boundaries of their task, and the source of their strength. It warns them against altering the message. It clarifies the purpose of their actions, Ezekiel 2:5. It validates the reason for being faithful to the end, II Corinthians 2:14-16."
Focus question: How much does numerical success motivate my service in the Word, rather than faithfulness to the task?
Discipline and persistence are two necessary qualities for success in any endeavor.