Statistics: Use ‘em or lose ‘em

by Steve Cordle

It’s said “We count people because people count.” This is very true in cell ministry work.

However, one way to make sure leaders stop reporting is to ignore the statistics they send.

If you never mention or refer to the statistics the leader provides, they will assume it makes no difference whether they report or not. So, to give yourself a fighting chance at receiving information from your groups:

1. Use the reports. Study the trends. Look for signs of a great leader or a struggling one.

2. Refer to the reports in your coaching of the leader. When you speak with the leader about their group, mention something you learned from their report.

3. Contact the leader when they do not send the report. Otherwise, they will assume it makes no difference.

It can be challenging to get leaders to submit their statistical reports, so anything we can do to make it easier for them is a good idea. The least we can do is let them know we are noticing!






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