It was Lord Kelvin who said, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Although we could readily point out that measuring anything when it comes to spiritual leadership is more art than science, perhaps we could learn something from the creator of the international system of temperature measurement.
Church leaders know their scorecard for attendance, conversions, and finances—each is a critically important measure of how we’re doing and whether we’ll still be able to keep doing it.
But if we’re going to measure to “improve” in Lord Kelvin’s words, or to “multiply” in church language, we’re going to need to add a few more exponentially-oriented metrics to the scoreboard.
That million-fold vision isn’t going to happen without growth in:
# of pastoral leaders in training
# of male and female Bible study leaders commissioned
# of leaders commissioned to plant churches
# of church plants
# of church plants who have planted churches
It’s growth in these areas that move the needle in ministry from adding to multiplying.
Thankfully, church leaders are catching on to this concept. In the words of Hero Maker by Dave Ferguson and Warren Berg, the focus is moving from pastors who are the hero to pastors who make other heroes.
We need more leaders, and that starts with leaders who make other leaders.
By God’s grace, we may have the opportunity to look back upon our lives and marvel at the leaders we were involved in commissioning. If God so blesses us, may we say with Elijah that we “have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty” and focused on laying hands on the next generation, instead of bemoaning the lack of godly male leaders in our day.
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