Church Planting Essentials – Measure Causes, Not Results

Church Planting Essentials – Measure Causes, Not Results

I just received a graduation announcement from a friend’s daughter who is valedictorian of her class.  This tells me the results of her education, but not how she got the results.  Making the highest marks in school does not measure how one made the highest marks.  I find most statistics related to church planting measure results, not what caused the results.  The interesting thing is that our followers will focus on what we measure.  In effect, what we measure will determine what we get.

If we measure baptisms and new churches started we will see baptisms and perhaps a few churches started.  But baptisms and new churches started do not cause more baptisms or more new churches to be started.  If we want to see church planting movements we must understand what gets us to church planting movements and measure the causes.  When we measure the causes, our followers will focus on making the causes happen, and we will see the results – more baptisms and new churches started.

Following are the things we need to measure that cause a church planting movement:
1.       Who are you mentoring?  Depending on whether the leader is part time or full time, I expect to see a minimum of 2 or 5 people being mentored by the person I am mentoring.
2.       Who are the people your mentorees are mentoring?  If the people we are mentoring are not mentoring others, then we are wasting our time and the church planting cycle will end.
3.       How often are you meeting with those you mentor?  Less than once in two weeks does not build the relationships or the accountability necessary for good church planting to happen.  (I will discuss accountability issues in my next blog post.)
4.       What is the content of your mentoring sessions?  This shows whether a person has a plan for developing leaders.  If we have a plan, usually our followers will have a plan.  Without a plan results are sporadic at best.
5.       What are the prayer concerns or problems being raised by your mentorees?  We cannot improve a process if we do not know the problems in the process.  We cannot develop leaders if they hide their problems from us.  We cannot demonstrate care and build relationships outside of prayer.
6.       How many training sessions/seminars are you conducting for people you are not mentoring?  We find the people we will mentor by doing training and seminars for people not related to us at the moment.  My primary motivations for doing training events are to influence others and to find new persons to mentor.  If we are not training others we will not expand our ministry into new areas or develop new teams.  If we are not developing new team members we will not be able to expand into new areas.
7.       How many new communities did you and your teams enter in this reporting cycle?  If we are going to new places to plant the Gospel we will start new churches.
8.       How many Persons of Peace were encountered by your teams in this reporting cycle?  If we are not looking for and finding Persons of Peace we will not be able to start new Discovery Bible Studies.
9.       How many Discovery Bible Studies did you and your teams start/maintain during the reporting cycle?  If we are not starting new Discovery Bible Studies then we will not find new leaders to coach in order to make new disciples.
10.   How many Discovery Bible Study leaders are you and your team coaching? If we are not replicating leaders the church planting cycle will end?
11.   How many Discovery Bible Study groups have become Believers and been baptized into churches?  How many were baptized?
12.   How many church leaders are you coaching and leading in Obedience Bible Studies and Leadership Development Bible Studies?  If we are doing the teaching instead of coaching local leaders in how to do everything, we are not developing new leaders and church planting will not happen.
13.   How many church leaders have started new Discovery Bible Studies during this reporting cycle?  Are they coaching the new leader or leading the group themselves?

Measure what causes results and you will get the results you are looking for.  Of course, if you are not doing what you are trying to measure, you will most likely not get the results you want to see.  Church Planting is about managing your relationships, not about managing your paperwork.  Build relationship systems around mentoring and you will see Church Planting Movements.  If you build management systems you will get an office, not church planting.


David Watson
From Cote d’Ivoire 

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