Acts 16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
I find it interesting that the Holy Spirit shows us that the number increased daily but that apparently wasn’t the goal or the method, it was the result. The churches were established in the faith. As they were established in the faith the numbers apparently increased.
How many times have I gotten this backwards. I think the goal is to get the numbers up but the numbers were the result of the ministry not the goal.
My responsibility is to work at maturing the brethren and the number increases as God sees fit!