Go and Count Disciples

What an encouraging read on the church in Thailand growing. Been praying for revival in Thailand for over 20 years. Thank you, Lord!

This article would have warmed the heart of the late Donald A. McGavran, founder of the School of World Mission and Institute of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary. He emphasized the keeping of accurate church statistics (“shepherds count their sheep” was a mantra of his), and the setting of goals (“a church in every village”) was one of his strong emphases. This article portrays how applying these principles can lead to amazing church growth. I was moved by the fact that in the past, church growth in Thailand was agonizingly slow, but now, through an indigenous church movement, it is amazingly rapid. The news from Cambodia was also encouraging. May the Holy Spirit continue to raise up movements like these.

I grew up as a missionary kid in Japan in the 1950s and early 1960s. I spent the last 17 years prior to retirement working with organizations in the area of organizational effectiveness, quality, strategic planning, processes, and identifying key performance indicators. Your article showed the importance of measuring performance not only to know the current status but, more importantly, to show if there is improvement. The best organizations have linked their performance indicators to their strategic plan, if they have one. Peter Drucker, called the “inventor of modern management,” stated, “What gets measured gets managed.” Your article is a confirmation of his statement.

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