Throughout his letters, Pastor Paul openly and specifically thank God for the churches, the pastors, and the people to who he was writing. He specifically thanked God for their faith, love, and hope (among many other things). These are the things that blessed and impressed Paul.
Unfortunately, these are not always the qualities by which a ministry or a minister is measured today. Success or failure is usually measured by nickels and noses or buildings and budgets.
But is that what God is looking for? Are those the metrics that God would use? No!
And it’s very important to our ministry that we understand that fully. We have never desired to grow numerically. We have only desired to care for and cultivate the people who are coming. Hoping that if we do that well as unto the Lord, that we would see the qualities of faith love, and hope—just as Paul did so that we can do just as Paul did—refresh the hearts of believers and proclaim the Gospel to all!
From Pastor Dom...
When I first gave my life to Jesus, there were friends in my life who helped me to grow in my understanding of God, through His word, and for those friends