Have You Seen Your Congregation's Snapshot?
Looking in the mirror can have a sobering effect for some of us – and a celebrative effect for others of us. I looked at a friend sitting across from me in a meeting this week and noticed how much thinner his face was looking since he has lost some weight. I looked in the mirror this morning and the face looking back didn’t tell the same story. Either way, the Bible does talk about looking in the mirror and not forgetting what you see. When talking about congregations, however, that’s a lot harder to do – at least it used to be before having the Congregational Snapshot.
We have long had a lot of information about our congregations. There are end of the year statistics and all sorts of reports that get sent out to clergy and key leaders. But often all of these pieces of information are like different pieces of a puzzle that are scattered around the house -- in drawers, behind dressers, under beds and out in the garage – that never get put together into a coherent picture that brings into focus from a statistical perspective what is going on in the life of a congregation. (Please know that I know that to really know what’s going on you also need to hear the stories of people about their experiences that can’t be quantified or counted!)
even if at times irritatingly so, consider forwarding it to
other leaders in your congregation and encouraging them to
sign up at www.congregationalexcellence.com.
JeffDr. Jeff Stiggins
The Center for Congregational Excellence
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