This is an interesting article:
It made me think a bit about the focus on number. How important an indicator are numbers of a success in ministry? Clearly active members is more important than numbers - but as it says here, "We count people because people count"
Playing the numbers game can be tough on a church as it can bring discouragement or pride. But the key is to remember that the focus is the people, not the numbers. You want to see people grow and develop in their relationship with God. BUT - you want do to that with as many people as possible.
We can't avoid keeping check on numbers. It's important to know how many people are attending and to see that number go up. Otherwise we are not reaching people. But we cannot forget, numbers don't necessarily mean disciples.
A good thing to remember, "Every number is a person. But every person is not a number"
What do you think? How important are numbers?