If you spend enough time in and around church culture, you’re bound to hear lot’s of talk about numbers. Churches, it seems, are fascinated by the myriad of ways we can calculate, measure, and record virtually everything in the congregation. Most of the time, numbers are used in positive ways that help people have a grasp on what’s happening in the life of the church, and the overall impact the church is having.
Numbers used in that way, are truly significant. There is a danger, though, when numbers are viewed as the sole determining factor of our success.