Let's Define Our Terms
The question I was asked is this: What would you say are the three most important factors determining whether a church thrives or struggles?
Here's how I answered:
This question is a little bit of a trap, and it belies some modernistic underpinnings. I'm guessing everyone reading this would agree that God is the primary factor in determining whether a church thrives or struggles. Beyond that, however God does call us to be good stewards of our resources, so from a purely human, systemic perspective, I'd offer the following three factors:
The way a church defines success.
The willingness to honestly measure success.
The ability to strategize for success.
What do you think of that answer? Did I leave anything out or miss something? I'm really enjoying all the interaction lately, so speak up!