by Ian Starrs

ABERDEEN, Scotland (BNc) — The congregation in Aberdeen has an Evangelism Board at the front of our building, which is just like an “Attendance & Contribution Record” board, but much larger. There is a short form to mark the numbers, anonymously. We track things like:

  • New Contacts Made
  • Hospital Visits
  • Members Visited
  • Bible Correspondence Courses
  • Placed Membership
  • Baptisms

Someone made it for our congregation years ago. Some are not as diligent at turning in their numbers, and some are not doing anything, mostly because of health issues. I try to remind them without nagging, so “Labor Day” seems like a good opportunity to capitalize on reminding everyone to be active.

I heard someone say of the prior preacher that “his numbers were falling so he needed to get busy.” That man has passed away. He was a good man, but both he and the congregation failed to remember that growth is a team effort.

When I mention the board, I always stress that these are not my numbers or your numbers, but our numbers!

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.