How do you measure up?
    March 1 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    In our world today we do not need someone to explain to us what it means to compete. Just one month ago millions tuned in to watch two teams compete in the most important professional football game of the year.

    Every year college students try to have the best grades and the best application essays so they can compete to get into the school of their choice. More adults find themselves competing with others for employment.

    In order to compete there must be a winner, and to have a winner there must be some way to keep score, whether that means goals scored, touchdowns made or number of As earned.

    Sadly, many churches today see ministry as a competition and thus create a scorecard to keep track of who is winning.

    In Transformational Church, the latest study from LifeWay research, Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer suggest that the scorecard for many churches is “bodies, budget and building.” In other words, who can get the most people to come to their church, who has the largest offering and who has the most buildings.

    North Carolina Baptists, let’s keep in mind that when it comes to building God’s Kingdom and impacting eternity, we are not competing with each other. We do what we do because God has called us to serve Him and our goal is to honor and glorify Him. We must seek His praise, not the praise of men.

    Having said that, let me also say that I do agree with Stetzer and Rainer about the need for churches to keep a scorecard — but it needs to be a different scorecard than one most commonly being used right now. 

    This research suggests that the new scorecard for churches should be one focused on “people coming to Christ and living in the Christian community.” In other words, making disciples. We must continue to evangelize and pray for people to come to faith in Jesus, but our work does not stop there. The Great Commission mandates that we are to make disciples by teaching converts how to follow Jesus, how to abide in Him and how to serve Him.

    This, North Carolina Baptists, is why we as a Convention and why your local churches exist: to help others come to know the hope of the gospel. Are you doing this individually? Is your church focused on making disciples? How do you measure up to this new scorecard?

    Our 2011 Find it Here: Embracing Christ emphasis can you help you learn how to do this. Just visit

    We are also offering a series of regional conferences across the state focused on transformational Sunday School and you can learn more about that at

    Please make 2011 the start of a new scorecard that measures what truly matters: changed lives.

    “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8

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    3/1/2011 10:49:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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