Record Keeping & Reporting: Keep Pulse on Body

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How are you going to know how the members of the Body value what is happening in your Church?

Perhaps we can apply the principle found in Matthew 6:21. — “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Looking at where people are investing their time, energy, and resources, can be a good way of taking the Body’s pulse. How are you going to know all of this unless you have on-going records to help you? You might gain insights by looking at attendance and financial records as well as records and reports of how many people are involved serving in the various ministries.

How are you going to know what the Body needs in order to keep growing?

The principle found in Proverbs 27:23 certainly can apply to leaders in the Church. — “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.” Without knowing the condition of the flock, we will tend to provide ministry we think is important but might not be what is most needed. We need to hear from people in the trenches, those who have regular contact with the people and are well acquainted with what is working and not working in the various strategies. Even Jesus listened to the reports of those He had sent out into ministry. See Luke 10 for an example.

Both Record Keeping and Reporting will help you keep a pulse on the Body.

Statistical records shouldn’t be our sole source for making such assessments. Reports from your own observation, by ministry leaders, and even one-on-one discussions with members of the Body, will help to confirm or explain what your see in the records. The reports don’t always have to be written, though having them in writing could aid you in future assessments

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