World of Numbers

By |February 25th, 2015|

Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God. ~ Psalm 20:7

READING: Psalm 20
How can we live in a world of numbers but not be of it, especially in the world of church planting? The measuring of things that are supposed to be growing seems unavoidable. When my baby was born I wanted to know her weight and length because I deeply cared about the health and vitality of my newborn. I did not know a better, clearer way to be reassured that she was doing okay.

Categories like attendance, offering intake, and number of conversions are real and often telling and therefore easy to trust and take comfort in. It’s also easy to use these numbers to be critical or to boast.