Mother Teresa said, “God has not called us to be successful. God has called us to be faithful.”
Paul said, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (2 Cor. 4:2).
A small church measures success by how faithful they have been with what God has given them. If they have 20 members, then they will strive to be the best 20-member church on the planet.
The trick is to find ways to measure success that have very little to do with attendance numbers.
A great exercise for pastors of smaller churches is to ask their leadership team, “How could we measure success if we couldn’t use numbers?”