by Steve Cordle
“How are your church’s groups going?”
When you respond to a question like that you used some measurement benchmarks which indicated to you whether the groups were doing well, fair, or not so well.
When it comes to your groups, what do you measure? Attendance? Most of us do. It tells us something about what is going on in the group, but the attendance number alone is not a reliable indicator of group health.
Generally we measure what is important to us. However, sometimes what is important to us is hard or impossible to measure. For example, how do we measure and track the sense of Christ’s presence in a group?
I have been a part of countless groups in my 30+ years as a Christ-follower. The ones I wanted most to attend were the ones in which I sensed Jesus’ presence in a unique way. Of course, we really can’t measure and record that, but we all respond to it when we sense it. And that is the most fundamental metric of all, to me. If the group is gathered around the presence of Jesus, then I believe it is a healthy group.
Do you record and measure aspects of your cell ministry? If so, we would love to hear what and how you do this.
And how do you assess the degree to which people experience the presence of Christ in your groups?