Not everything is measurable. Sadly, we tend to gauge success only by what can be tangibly measured.
To measure is to determine the size, amount, or degree of (something) by using an instrument or device marked in standard units or by comparing with an object of known size.
While this has been our approach to determine “growth” in the work of the Lord’s church (number of baptisms, restorations, church plants, etc.), is this the most appropriate and accurate measurement?
We have no way of determining the measure of someone’s knowledge. We have no way to determine the long-term impact of the gospel once it is sown.
How should we then approach our leadership in matters of the church?
First, leave the measuring to God. He has the only accurate way of measuring what happens.
Second, be consistent. Do not try to measure growth in another location unless measuring by the same standard in our own location.
Third, remember goals are important, but our job is to plant and water; God will give the increase.
If we do our part, God will do His and the measurement will always be right.