Defining Success

CBS CEO Les Moonves says that success in television is in sydication  To prove his point, I Love Lucy rakes in $20 million a year for CBS.

The last new episode was filmed more than 50 years ago.  It ran only 7 years as a regular series and then three more as a series of specials. By comparison, The Simpsons has been on for 23 years.  Successful in it’s own right, this animated show has, like Lucy before it, set standards of production and story telling for a generation.

Yet, for all The Simpson’s success, I wonder if it will still be drawing millions of dollars in 2062.

There’s success, and then there is success.

Several people in the church to which I’ve recently been appointed have drawn comparisons between the way we do things and the way things at some local mega-churches do things.

There are, no doubt, things we can learn from other churches.  Even mega-churches.  I have begun, though, to share in conversations like this, the one thing very, very few of these mega-churches can speak to: lasting power.

The large churches cited to me are genearlly first-generation churches.  This doesn’t mean they have only young people. TRather, it means they have no history of dealing with issues that arise over time.

While I wouldn’t mind pastoring a church that is conisdered successful now, I really want to pastor a church that is still seen as successful 50 years from now.


One thought on “Defining Success

  1. You echo a hope that many of us have – sustainability and longevity is the mark of success. I would much rather be in a church that echos through time than is the loudest voice for a time.

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