The Great Commission is about growth.
Spiritual Growth: As we disciple others we help them “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).
Numerical Growth: As we keep going, more and more people become disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Great Commission is not a once and done effort on our part but rather a continual, on-going mission. Some churches start out with a passion to reach the lost and help them become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. But, something happens along the way. They get preoccupied or distracted by other agendas like maintaining programs, managing and paying for the building, etc. They might still be doing a lot of “good things” and think they are alright but they have stagnated. If they had just paid attention to the records, they might have noticed the start of the plateau or decline.
Records Help us Assess Growth and Predict Future Growth.
With records in hand and reports from ministry leaders we must consistently ask ourselves some important assessment questions:
- Where does God want us to be?
- What kind of growth should we be looking for?
- Where have we been?
- Where are we now?
- Are we seeing new converts, not just transfer growth?
- Are we impacting the community?
- Are we effectively fulfilling the Great Commission?
- Are we doing enough follow-up?
- Where will we be if we keep going as we are?
- Where will we go from here?
- If we are not seeing growth, why?
If you don’t keep records and receive reports from the various church ministries, how are you going to know the answer to these questions?
Our best guesses at how we are doing pale in the face of the facts. We can be deceived, thinking we are doing better than we truly are. Sometimes seeing the realities wakes us up.