Numbers Church Planters Must Be Watching

There are many things that church planters need to pay attention to while starting a church. Often the focus is on the number of people that show up on Sunday, the number of bills in the offering plate, and the number of cars in the parking lot. While those numbers do measure certain aspects of a church’s impact, there are many other things to consider counting:

  • spiritual conversations initiated each week
  • meals shared with unbelievers
  • new small groups launched
  • baptisms
  • missionaries sent into their neighborhood
  • number of unbelievers in your community

Consider what you are measuring as you plant a new church. I’ve struggled over the years to count the right things. It’s important to identify what is meaningful to you before you start counting this week.

10 Numbers that Church PlantersMust Be Watching

Challenge: One Billion in One Decade
Things Every Leader Must Do Well
Simple Skills Every Christ Follower Needs
Ways to Show Outsiders You Care
Essential Ingredients of a Leadership Culture
Obstacles to Church Planting Movements
Elements of Starting Churches
Reasons Church Planters Must Ask for Help
Lessons for Church Planters (Groundhog Day)
10 Factors in Developing Leaders

More Numbers:

5 Ideas About Coaching and Accountability
7 Ideas to Get the Support You Need
7 Benefits of Coaching
7 Missional Posts
8 Reasons Why to Plant a Church
8 Ways to Become a Better Coach
16 Categories for Spiritual Leadership Development (Part 1, 2, 3, 4)

20 Questions to Assess Leadership Potential
20 Top Books on Church Planting

23 Reasons for Rapid Church Growth (Part 1, 2, 3)

Author

Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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