It reminded me of a post from Dave Ferguson that I've been thinking about for a few weeks. Dave writes about how churches need to be focused on the one stat that matters the most: making disciples.
"Jesus explained the one thing that matters most: 'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'" (Matthew 28:19,20)
I've captured many of my thoughts related to Dave's question in these posts:
- 4 things church leaders expect from their ChMS
- Vision without value means nothing
- 9 areas every church should measure
- 5 practical ways to adapt without sacrificing your culture
- Structure and process provide the path to meaningful metrics
- Do metrics and community mix?
Dave's question is an important one? Can we measure ministry? I personally think we can and should. As stewards and keepers of God's vision, we have much that we are responsible for. We have to be sure we are making the most of it, and I'm not convinced we can judge that based on intuition alone.
No, I don't think software for churches or any technology alone can create a disciple. That is the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of individuals to bring about total life transformation. I get that. But as church leaders, we play an important role in the discipleship process by creating steps people can follow towards deeper relationship with God and others. Church management software helps support those steps by allowing us to make better, more informed decisions about what's working and what isn't.
Numbers aren't the end game, but they do help us gauge whether we are headed in the right direction.
What role does your ChMS play in your disciple-making strategy?