George Jensen tackles ‘numbers test’

From BNc, in the second of two articles, Tanzania missionary George Jensen finds the “numbers test” lacking, that so many churches use.

We now turn our attention to an “evaluation tool” which is sorely misunderstood and frequently abused. This tool or test may be termed the “numbers test.”

It takes various forms and is spoken of in a variety of ways, but one basic attitude prevails. “How many baptisms do they have each year?” “How many congregations are being established?” In reality, if you ask faithful veteran missionaries, they will readily admit that this mindset often comes out in “mission reports” more as a numbers game, rather than a true test.

Both articles are worth your time. The second one on BNc is here.

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