Mark Beeson, pastor of Granger Community Church, made an interesting comment on his blog about what the mature church looks like (it is worth reading in full):
"The 'mature church' is the church filled with immaturity."
Anywhere in the world, whether plant or animal, the clear delineation of
"maturity" is the ability to reproduce.
I like his thoughts in general, but it seems to me that a mature church needs to have an intentional way of going about taking the spiritual newborns and leading them to maturity. The analogy breaks down if you try to take it too far. For example, we use the word "mature" to describe human beings who are more than just able to physically reproduce, but a mature human being is someone with emotional and psychological balance that often comes several years after physical maturity. Maturity is more complex than just having the capacity to reproduce.