Sorry I’ve not posted for a while. If I were being graded I might get a ‘could do better’.
But then ‘could do better’ is an odd thing to say because we can always do better. What it really means is ‘I think you’re not trying hard enough’ or ‘you haven’t lived up to my expectations of you’ (even though you might not know what those expectations are).
Success in the world of church is a strange and often unquantifiable thing. Does more people mean success? How about more money? More activities?
Sometimes all of those things are indicators of success, but sometimes none of them are.
So, before you tell someone they ‘could do better’, even in your head, perhaps you should ask yourself what better is, and for who.