I have not read the original article, only Scot’s summary and some of the comments on Scot’s post.
However, even the summary that Scot gives us is very telling:
MYTH #1: The Size of the Church Shows Success.
MYTH #2: The Amount of the Budget Shows Success.
MYTH #3: The Celebrity Status of the Leader Shows Success.
MYTH #4: The Title of the Leader Shows Success.
MYTH #5: The Affluent Lifestyle of the Leader Shows Success.
At best, these “myths” may demonstrate the success of an organization and organizational leaders. They do not – and cannot – demonstrate whether or not a group of Jesus’ followers are “successfully” following him.
Instead, we can only point to people who are seeking to be obedient to Jesus Christ and help others follow him, who are growing in maturity, who are sharing their lives with others, who are serving and caring and providing for those in need, who are proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ with people in their lives.
When we focus on organizational issues to determine growth, our focus will automatically shift away from Jesus Christ and how he is leading his church.