Thursday, May 01, 2014

Measuring spiritual growth

At Cerulean Sanctum Dan Edelen makes an important observation about spiritual growth:
What if we commit a fundamental error in checking for spiritual growth by focusing on the individual rather than on the collective church?

The language of the New Testament, again and again, is the collective you, not the singular. And the New Jerusalem at the close of the age isn’t a loose collection of people, but a unified Body—or more appropriately, a complete city.

I think one reason that leaders on the local church level burn out on growth issues is because all the emphasis is on the individual Christian. But shouldn’t successful growth be centered on what that local church is accomplishing?
Yes, I think so. And I strongly recommend reading Dan's whole article.


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