A great point about the goal of church ministry.

The aim of Christian ministry is not to build attendance on Sunday, bolster the membership role, get more people into small groups, or expand the budget (as important and valuable as all of these things are!).  The fundamental goal is to make disciples who make other disciples, to the glory of God.  We want to see people converted from being dead in their transgressions to being alive in Christ; and, once converted, to be followed up and established as mature disciples of Jesus; and, as they become established, to be trained in knowledge, godliness and skills so that they will in turn make disciples of others.

This is the Great Commission – the making of disciples.  The touchstone of a thriving church is that it is making genuine disciple-making disciples of Jesus Christ.

The Trellis and the Vine, 152. (HT: Steve Weaver)