The goal of most pastors is to build their churches. It’s more than just “the more the merrier” feeling, but a belief that a bigger congregation equals either spiritual or material success. They’re convinced that God is most glorified and pleased with a lot of people in one place at one time.
Jesus said that growing the Church was His prerogative (Matthew 16:18). “Well, as a pastor, don’t you want to see more people in your church?” No, I want to see more people in the Kingdom of God. Once they’re saved, I want them in a Bible preaching and teaching church where Jesus is exalted and worship of the Father in spirit and truth occurs. It doesn’t need to be my church.
If you truly believe that the Church belongs to Christ Jesus, that He builds it according to His will and way, and that He is the Lord of the harvest, stop determining success by numbers. Instead, focus on your faithfulness to His call upon your life.
And if you are attending a church: it’s not about how many people are there, but how faithful that church is to honoring the Lord with the truth of the Scripture.
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:5-7).