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Measuring What Matters

How do you gauge if your people are getting stronger?

The gap between what Americans say they believe and what they do is great and growing. The same is true of Christians. Values don't always translate into actions.

A group of Christian leaders known for their skill in discipling, and headed by Texan Bob Buford, is developing a tool, the Christian Life Profile, to assess the spiritual maturity of a church's attenders and aid the pastor in leading the church to deeper and more active faith.

LEADERSHIP editor-at-large Kevin A. Miller joined the group at the end of a two-day planning session. He brought to the discussion another pastor, whose West Coast church is making disciples in unusual places.

Around the table:

Larry Crabb, a licensed Christian psychotherapist for more than 25 years, is currently on faculty at Colorado Christian University. Crabb's newest book is about the church, The Safest Place on Earth: Where People Connect and Are Forever Changed.

Ken Fong is senior pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Rosemead, California, a multicultural ...

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