No two ministries will operate the same. We all use the same bible but God call us for different assignments. We all preach the same gospel but we are called for different members. Numbers 12:2 So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. Churches are in conflict because of comparison. There are those who are called and those who went, If you know what you are called for, you’ll focus on your calling otherwise you’ll cause conflict using the pulpit. When the leader does not know what s/he is called for even the members are confused. They learn to cause conflict from the pulpit.
As a Pastor, be dependent on God. He is the one who called you. There are people He called you for. You cannot be worried about membership because the people God called you for, will find their way to you. Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Only you can do what you are called for. God called you and qualified you. People will talk but focus on who you are and what you are called for. God will never run shot of people who can do the work but He designed you for a certain function. Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
God spoke to you alone, people may interpret the Bible the way they understand it but make God your source of information.