By Sermoncentral on Jun 6, 2016
Imagine this scenario. Jesus is meeting with the disciples. He’s been training them for three years. He’s died, risen again and walked with them in resurrection power for almost 40 days. As the day of his ascension draws near, he gathers them together to reiterate The Great Commission.
Measuring the Immeasurable
How Did the Church Grow Before Metrics?
If we pay less attention to counting butts in the seats, how do we measure success?
Shortly after having my heart changed about the value of church size, I put that question to the volunteer leaders of our church at our annual vision-casting weekend. The answer was obvious to them. I think they were shocked that I asked it – and maybe disappointed in their fearless leader for not knowing the answer myself.
"I think we should measure success the way Jesus did,” was the immediate and overwhelming response. “One person at a time. Are individual people growing? Is the community being impacted? That’s what matters.”
My wise volunteer church leaders were right then. They’re right now.
– from The Grasshopper Myth (Chapter 11: A New Way to Define Success.)
Metrics Don’t Turn the World Upside-Down
WWJM? (What Would Jesus Measure?)
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