…we pay attention only to those parts of reality that we can measure with numbers.
…But we forget that growth is a biological, not an arithmetical metaphor. Growth in biology has to do with timing, passivity, waiting, proportion, maturity. There is a proper size to each thing. There are proportions to be attended to. It is an exceedingly complex and mysterious thing, this process of growth. Every congregation has proportions, symmetries, and a size proper to it. Different congregations in different places and conditions will have different proportions and sizes.
-Eugene Peterson, Under the Unpredictable Plant, p. 138."