This post was inspired by an article Dave Gibbons wrote. The main point he seeks to make is that:
Our primary concern should not be to start a movement—or necessarily to join one—but to faithfully plant mustard seeds and leave the catalyzing and multiplication to the Holy Spirit.
At the end of the day there is not one fool proof metric to measure success or growth. You will notice if you read the full article that Dave is addressing churches/pastors/ministry leaders and their craving to become big and popular. This desire often drives people to try to replicate what’s happening in other cities and churches but doesn’t really acknowledge the Spirit’s leading.
Are you and your sports ministry “copy-catting” another ministry in order to become large and popular? How often are the decisions you make in response to what you see other ministries/programs doing? What is it that God really wants you to do with your sports ministry? How much are you relying on your own strategies or methods? Rather than entrusting God to do what only He is able to do.