Soon after starting my present position, being the naive, older, first-time lead pastor, I was excited as more and more people began attending services.
The problem is that when I got excited over increased numbers, I also got discouraged over the decreasing numbers that followed.
Fast forward 5 years, as of Christmas Day, and I've learned to measure something far more valuable and telling than numbers - depth.
Even now we see signs of spiritual maturity among the people we have grown to love. As we become more like Christ together, God's specific mission for the church has become clear.
Looking back, I am thankful for the wise teaching of that particular professor. Five years and we are finally getting started.