on discipleship

October 26, 2010

weak numbers

This month has been quite crazy – we are already planning for our 4th service this coming November 21 since our place is already full. One of the things we are really guarding against is to get suck into the numbers game. Numbers are important if you ask me but the numbers that are important is not our attendance on our Sunday service. We do count our attendance for reference if we need to start another service or plant another church. See my related post regarding that BUT the numbers that really matter are:

1. How many disciples are being raised?

2. How many people are in small groups or what we call Victory Groups?

As much as we are tempted to look at our weekly service attendance – it is not refelction of church health. You might have 2000 people attending on a Sunday but the real question is how many are being discipled?  The 2000 might be a weak number. Looks good on paper but if they are not being discipled they are just good on paper. Jesus commands and commissions the church before He ascended to heaven:

Matt. 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Matt. 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them ina the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matt. 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

MAKE DISCIPLES.

Same old boring stroke.

Related posts:

1. Church math

2. Return of Investment

3. Dont get in the Numbers Game

4. Measuring Success

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