He Must Increase

How do we measure successful Christian ministry? What are the indicators that God has blessed a preacher, a church, a ministry?

The most obvious sign is that they have lots of followers. John the Baptist certainly had lots of followers back in the day.

But then, so did Rev Jim Jones when he led nearly 1,000 of his followers to commit suicide in 1978. So sheer numbers may not be the best measure of success.

In fact, if we were to measure only numbers, then Jesus was an abject failure.

So, what is the best indicator of a successful ministry?

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