Things I Wish I’d Counted
Looking back at church plants that I’ve been a part of & thinking of things I wished I’d done a better job keeping up with. Like:
- Number of volunteer hours spent in the community. We’re trying to keep up with that now with Bridge Church with a goal of 10,000 per year. What if you could say, “In the 3 – 5- 10 years of our church’s history, we’ve mobilized ____ volunteers who have served ___ hours in our community.”
- Number of total individual who have attended. Most churches track average attendance each week & each month, but few track total individuals that attend. We’ve started tracking total individuals over the course of a month, because fewer people attend weekly than ever before. What if you could say, “Since the beginning of our church plant, ____ people have attended a gathering.”
- Number of individuals that came on Volunteer Mission Trips to serve through our church plant. Each of our plants were blessed with a lot of great partners who spent weeks in our community serving. All I can say is, it was a lot! Didn’t keep good track of how many with each team. What if you could say, “Since the beginning of our church plant, ____ people have come from out of town & volunteered in our community.” Add on how many hours of service for this group as well.
- How many pounds of food we’ve given away. Our church has had a food closet & different food related ministries. Wish we knew how many pounds we’ve given away over the life of that ministry & other opportunities. Other similar ministries of the church could be counted for their total impact over the years.
Church Planter – Pastor – Missions Leader, keep good records & find ways to communicate the impact of your ministry over the years.