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2011 Find it Here: Change the scorecard
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
October 21, 2010

2011 Find it Here: Change the scorecard

2011 Find it Here: Change the scorecard
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
October 21, 2010

The latest study from LifeWay Research calls on churches to consider what the Bible says

about the purpose of the church, and once they do, to be prepared to make some

drastic changes if their mission doesn’t line up with scripture.

Transformational Church,

released earlier this year and co-authored by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer,

suggests that too many churches across the country are working from a

blueprint, or scorecard, that does not reflect the true mission of the church.

Stetzer and Rainer write that the old scorecard — the one most churches use —

only values the “external measures of the three Bs: bodies, budget, and

buildings.”

Bad things happen when that

scorecard is the only measure of church success. “As long as we use it, we will

continue to be inward-focused, program-driven, and church-based in our thinking

and leadership,” writes Reggie McNeal in Missional Renaissance.

According to the LifeWay

study, transformational churches are churches living out their biblical

purpose. They follow a scorecard that reflects the “ultimate measure of the

church,” which is “to see people following Christ and living on mission … at

its essence the new scorecard must measure how well we are making disciples.”

Changing the scorecard and

making disciples is the focus of the 2011 Find it Here: Embracing Christ

emphasis coordinated by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC).

Find it Here is a three-year focus on evangelism, discipleship and missions.

This year launched an intentional focus on evangelism, next year focuses on

discipleship, and missions is the 2012 focus.

“In Find it Here North

Carolina, we want to make sure that North Carolina Baptists focus on the

entirety of the Great Commission. Baptizing, teaching them to obey, and to live

out a lifestyle of discipleship and missions,” said Lynn Sasser, BSC Executive

Leader for Congregational Services.

Find it Here seeks to help

equip believers to come alongside new believers and teach them what it means to

live for Jesus Christ. “Conversion marks the beginning of an individual’s

lifetime journey of following Christ,” Sasser said. “As Baptists we have always

celebrated conversion and baptism, as we well should. However, it’s also true

that as Baptists we have often failed in our responsibility to teach new

believers to observe or to obey all that Jesus commanded us to do.”

Churches signing up to

participate in Find it Here commit to:

  • praying for disciples
  • preaching on

    discipleship

  • teaching discipleship in

    classrooms and in homes

  • making disciples by

    participating in the 2011 Easter evangelism emphasis

  • becoming disciples

    by serving in the community

Churches can sign up at www.finditherenc.org. The site will also include free downloadable

resources to help churches as they carry out these commitments. Resources

include sermon outlines, youth devotion guides and family devotion guides.

Sasser described a disciple

as one who “abides in Christ and does what Jesus did.” Sasser said discipleship

comes in many contexts, such as from the pulpit, during corporate worship,

Sunday School, small groups and personal study.

Discipleship is hard work

because it speaks to every part of a Christian’s life — their lifestyle must be

one that glorifies Christ and seeks to make Him known to others. Churches that

embrace discipleship as a core value will focus on discerning their context and

understanding the community in which they exist, cultivating a missionary

mentality, and being intentional in building relationships and praying.

Chuck Register, BSC

Executive Leader for Church Planting and Missions Development, said

discipleship is more likely to become part of a church ministry’s and focus

when that church and its leadership realizes transformation is the goal. “One

of the things that we must do in Baptist life is to begin to hold up to our

pastors and our churches that the definition of success for ministry is life

transformation,” he said. “It is helping a new believer begin to live, look

like Jesus Christ. And that’s hard work. That’s life on life, iron sharpening

iron.”

Discipleship is the step

that should naturally come after evangelism, so Find it Here 2011 is a great

way for churches that participated in this year’s Find it Here emphasis to

build on their evangelism efforts.

“The 2010 evangelism

component was our first step. It was like building the foundation of a house,”

said Don McCutcheon, BSC Executive Leader for Evangelization. “This doesn’t

mean that we stop evangelism. It means we’re going to do this all three years.

Hopefully this will become part of a church’s DNA.”

Resources will be online in

early November.