In our world today we do not need someone to explain to us
what it means to compete. Just one month ago millions tuned in to watch two
teams compete in the most important professional football game of the year.
Every year college students try to have the best grades and
the best application essays so they can compete to get into the school of their
choice. More adults find themselves competing with others for employment.
In order to compete there must be a winner, and to have a
winner there must be some way to keep score, whether that means goals scored,
touchdowns made or number of As earned.
Sadly, many churches today see ministry as a competition and
thus create a scorecard to keep track of who is winning.
In Transformational Church, the latest study from LifeWay
research, Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer suggest that the scorecard for many
churches is “bodies, budget and building.” In other words, who can get the most
people to come to their church, who has the largest offering and who has the
North Carolina Baptists, let’s keep in mind that when it
comes to building God’s Kingdom and impacting eternity, we are not competing
with each other. We do what we do because God has called us to serve Him and
our goal is to honor and glorify Him. We must seek His praise, not the praise
Having said that, let me also say that I do agree with
Stetzer and Rainer about the need for churches to keep a scorecard — but it
needs to be a different scorecard than one most commonly being used right
This research suggests that the new scorecard for churches
should be one focused on “people coming to Christ and living in the Christian
community.” In other words, making disciples. We must continue to evangelize
and pray for people to come to faith in Jesus, but our work does not stop
there. The Great Commission mandates that we are to make disciples by teaching
converts how to follow Jesus, how to abide in Him and how to serve Him.
This, North Carolina Baptists, is why we as a Convention and
why your local churches exist: to help others come to know the hope of the
gospel. Are you doing this individually? Is your church focused on making
disciples? How do you measure up to this new scorecard?
Our 2011 Find it Here: Embracing Christ emphasis can you
help you learn how to do this. Just visit www.findithere-nc.org.
We are also offering a series of regional conferences across
the state focused on transformational Sunday School and you can learn more
about that at www.ncbaptist.org.
Please make 2011 the start of a new scorecard that measures
what truly matters: changed lives.
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so
shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8
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