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Monday Musings 26/09/11

How do we measure success…

I was preaching at a camp this summer with a pastor friend of mine.  During the week, he asked me what criteria I would use to measure the “scorecard” (success) of a church.  It became the topic of discussion with different church leaders who found themselves at the camp.

Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer, in their book, “Transformational Church” suggest that the old scorecard of the church valued the external measures of the three B’s: bodies, budgets and buildings.” They go on to say that it is time to rethink the scorecard and create a new one that would count the number of people coming to Christ, living in Christian community and being discipled by the church.

What a privilege I had this week to speak to 2,500 pastors from across the nation of Kenya.  During the conference, my fellow guest speaker and I had breakfast with a young man from Germany who was staying at the same accommodation as us.  He was just completing three weeks as a volunteer in Kenya, doing dental work for children.  Church has not been a part of his radar, nor had he ever heard that he could have a personal relationship with Christ.

Let me ask you something.  What is more important to God – speaking to 2500 pastors at a conference or sharing about Jesus with one at a breakfast table?

Flying home to Kitwe from Nairobi today, I found myself finishing the Transformational Church book.   Ironically, my reading shed some light on the above question. Let me quote a few sentences from the book.

“The missionary report from Paul to Christians in Thessalonica was clear and confident.  He reported, ‘For you yourselves know, brothers, that our visit with you was not without result’ (1 Thessalonians 2:1).  Paul said the trip was not a waste of time…The DNA of his early days of belief was the foundation for a missionary life of obedience regardless the response.”

As I look back over the weekend while flying from 32,000 feet, I can say with confidence that I have walked in obedience no matter the response.  It is my prayer that 2,500 pastors will return to their churches prepared to make more room for God in their personal lives and in their churches.  And I can only hope that Martin, from Germany, will remember our conversation and make the decision to come into a personal relationship with Christ.  I know one thing; he was doing a lot of thinking when he got up from the breakfast table.  Only eternity will tell the story of both.

Until next Monday…

Don

Taking risks for Kingdom impact!

www.reinventingthechurch.com

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