The Number Pastors Aren't Tracking, but Should Be

Having worked at large churches and consulted churches of all sizes, I’ve become more and more aware of a particular word over the last few years: metrics.

Generally speaking, metrics are the numbers that an organization tracks.

Common church metrics are things like attendance, offering, small group participation, baptisms, and membership.

Regardless of the metrics each church tracks, there’s one we can’t afford to ignore: the number of bodies we leave behind us.

Every ministry leader is a human being. Human beings are flawed. Thus, every ministry leader is flawed.

Sadly, our flaws wind up hurting people. At the church I lead, we often say, “We’ll do anything short of sin to see people come to know Christ.” Usually, the emphasis is on the latter part of that statement, but lately, I’ve been thinking more about the first part: “…anything short of sin…”

In fulfilling our mission, let us remember that the ends only justify the means as long as we do not sin.

Using people is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

Ignoring the needy is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

Making people feel abused is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

Neglecting widows is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

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Treating staff like property is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

Neglecting our own families is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

Crushing people’s spirits is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

Treating human resources like resources rather than humans is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

Condemning people is a sin that leaves bodies in our trail.

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Alan Danielson
Alan Danielson is the Lead Pastor of a church that’s probably a lot like yours. New Life Bible Church is a church of a few hundred people, but not long ago he was on the executive staff of Life.Church in Edmond, OK. Now, along with pastoring New Life, Alan is a consultant and has worked with many of America’s largest churches. Despite this, Alan has a passion for the small church. That’s why he lives by the personal conviction that no church is too small for him to work with. Alan founded Triple-Threat Solutions to help leaders of and churches of all sizes grow. Learn more from Alan at http://www.3Threat.net.

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