Success should not be measured by numbers. A truly successful Church is one where believers are growing to maturity, and strong relationships are being formed. There are many large (and small) churches where this is not happening. Numerical growth is not a true indication of success. An increase in the number of Christians should lead to more Churches; and not just to larger churches.

The ideal Church would be one in which all members can get to know each other and have strong relationships with each other. This will happen easiest in a smaller Church. It can happen in a large church, but if it will be much more difficult. In a large church, some people would get lost on the fringes. They can participate in the church's activities, without getting to know anyone very well. They could remain as spiritual infants, because no one would know where they stood. In a Church where relationships are strong, everyone would be forced to grow in their faith.

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