Record Numbers!!

Posted on August 23, 2011
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Over the last couple of weekends we’ve had record numbers at Fellowship Church.  I’m talking about in the 20-year history of our church we’ve had more people over the last several weeks than ever before.  That’s awesome!  That’s great!  There’s nothing like it!  But Fellowship Church began 20 years ago right here in a little section of MacArthur Commons office complex.  We just rented this section.  And I’ve got to tell you, one of the great moments in my ministry was the time when we hit over 300 people.  It was unbelievable. 

We’ve been doing the same thing for 20 years, hopefully changing and tweaking stuff.  The numbers come, the numbers go.  The tide goes in, the tide goes out.  We’ve been constant.  Yet, as I look at the culture of the church I think many times we talk about our numbers and advertise our numbers when we should keep them on the DL.  We should keep them within our context.  Because in reality, I can’t compared Fellowship Church to another church in our city or another church halfway around the world.  I mean the bottom line is, every church is unique.  And make sure that you count people, because people count and they matter to God.

Before, you know, I’ve said stuff like, OK, we have this many people or we have that many people and I say, “God has blessed,” or whatever, but the bottom line is, I think I’ve said those things in my life out of more pride than I have, all right, here’s the deal. 

So again, just watch out.  Because whenever you put a number out there, whenever you say this, or you Tweet this or say this or whatever and you put a God sticker on it, you’re making a bunch of people feel bad.  You’re making a bunch of people feel like, “Man, I’m not doin’ jack.”  And the reality is probably the best church growth stories are stories we never read about, we never hear about.

So I’m not even gonna tell you what we’re running right now.  Forget it.  It’s awesome, it’s great.  Whatever.  But I will tell you the great story of Fellowship Church happened about 20 years ago when we had over 300 people.  And make sure you never forget that in your pilgrimage.  So let’s count with integrity.  It’s important to count because people count, but let’s understand what it’s about when we share those numbers.  I’ll talk about numbers later in another installment.


8 Replies to "Record Numbers!!"

  • AFellowshipFamily
    August 23, 2011 (8:25 pm)

    My family and I are so thankful to have a church that is willing to change to reach new people. The message is the same…it’ always about Christ. But the methods change. If that wasn’t the case, I know I wouldn’t have come to Christ here. I know many others can say the same thing. Thank you for what you continue to do…I hope the numbers (and the lives) continue to grow!!!

  • Steven gage
    August 23, 2011 (8:33 pm)

    I was part of both services on Sunday. the attendance was “OFF THE CHAIN”. Pastor Young takes worship to ” A WHOLE NOTHA LEVEL”. I have seen so many lives change including my own!! FC is the best place on earth.

  • amy
    August 23, 2011 (8:47 pm)

    This is why I love my Pastor and Fellowship Church!

  • Angela
    August 23, 2011 (8:57 pm)

    I was there at MacArthur Commons! I remember teaching 7th grade girls there, and dropping our son off in the nursery there! And, I felt honored at that time to be part of something “big”! Funny, but I still feel the same way…Fellowship Church was a blessing then, continues to be a blessing today! It’s always been about Him!

  • jaberwalkie
    August 24, 2011 (3:56 am)

    Just another reason why I love Fellowship Church and Pastor Ed Young! It’s about one thing.. reaching the lost in a way that very few churches can or dare to.

  • CP
    August 24, 2011 (1:24 pm)

    Never forget what matters most! Thanks Pastor Ed for never loosing sight of the most important thing…the people…one life at a time!! There is nothing more exciting than seeing someone come to know Christ and watching HIM change them from the inside out! Keep reaching!

  • Casey
    August 24, 2011 (2:56 pm)

    Thank you so much Pastor Ed for this amazing word! And the reminder about where our focus should lay in this aspect of our church, saving lives in the name of Christ. Thanks again.

  • tj clarke
    August 29, 2011 (10:47 pm)

    thanks for the reminder….

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