Soong-Chan Rah on measuring success

I think this is worth reblogging

Imagine with Scripture

I am reading Soong-Chan Rah’s The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (Downers Grove: IVP, 2009). I enjoy it. Although much of Rah’s book targets an American audience, I think it is also relevant to the Australian church (and some Asian churches).


In the following I want to cite some comments made by Rah about how Christians measure success. I think his critique is worth considering.

But before that I want to say that the Bible, in my view, does not talk much about how successful we should be. Rather, the Scripture is much more interested in whether we are faithful.

I also want to make it very clear that I am not against mega-churches. I care about the health of the local church, not its size. The size of the church is not the issue. The issue is the value system by what Christians measure…

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