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Counting

March 13, 2012

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  • Our current trends toward counting – worship attendance, professions of faith, numbers of small groups, etc. – provide an unbalanced approach to evaluation and confuse size with health.  Qualitative metrics and holistic definitions of health and vitality are needed. Confusing “people who attend worship” with “disciples” is deeply problematic.
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  1. Wesley White permalink

    Simple counting doesn’t give us a clue about what to deepen and what to let go of. Evaluative counting is much more difficult. At issue is not whether to count or not, but to figure out what we are counting and what is not being counted. Sometimes the spirit lies in the uncounted, who is not present.

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