When something really matters to you, you measure it. If you don’t measure it, it doesn’t really matter!
Whenever I go out in public with my family, especially around large crowds, I inherently find myself doing random head counts. You know…one, two, three, okay we’re good! I am continually counting because I want to make sure that I don’t lose a child.
Recently, I was involved in running the Kansas City Half Marathon. I ran with a very good friend of mine. When the race was done our families met us and we spent time recovering and enjoying the kids events. As we were preparing to leave and heading to the cars we did a head count and found that one child was missing – one of my friend’s kids. All of us stopped and frantically began searching for his little girl. After about 10 minutes she was located and our collective heart rate finally started to come down. Now, remember where this story began, we were counting and making sure we had everyone. This is why we count…because we care. We care what we accomplish and we care about bringing others with us.
Today, I want to share with you the second piece of information that we measure every week, every month, every year at Oak Grove. We believe that saved people serve people.
Over this past year we have been able to measure and track how many people are serving on a regular basis and how many volunteers it takes to actually create a warm and welcoming environment for the gospel each week. Here is what we know: currently we have 85 adults who are serving on a monthly basis. Why do these numbers matter? They matter because we truly believe that you can’t be a maturing Christian without learning to engage and serve others. Jesus Himself talked often about serving and He personally demonstrated a servant’s heart over and over.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
This is why we measure the number of people serving on a regular basis, because saved people serve people.
So, how about you? Where are you serving? Are you serving with your small group? Are you serving in the community? Are you serving in your neighborhood? Are you serving at your church? Remember: saved people serve people.
Now, one last question: where do you see opportunities for us to serve in our community? This year we want to expand the ways that we serve in Kansas City and I would love to hear your ideas.