Numbers matter

Numbers matter in youth ministryThe old ministry mantra is, “It’s not about numbers.” In one sense, it’s true: numerical growth does not necessarily equate to spiritual growth in the lives of teens and families.

But too often youth leaders use the “we’re not about numbers” thing as an excuse to be lazy and to avoid taking a hard look at their ministry’s effectiveness.

In the words of Perry Noble, “Numbers matter because every number represents a soul.” Numbers don’t necessarily define health nor success, but numbers do matter to God “who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

“All people” is a big number! Don’t be content with “a few people.” God isn’t.

QUESTION: What role do you think “numbers” play in ministry?

Posted on March 23, 2011

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