A few weeks ago, coinciding with the new year, I started a series of blogs related to the difference between tracking something to achieve a goal and tracking something as part of an ongoing relationship. So far we've looked at demographic data and guest follow up tracking. In this article we look at tracking adult small groups.
Most pastors encourage adults to be in small groups as an important step in their spiritual growth or discipleship process. However, once the data comes in and pastors realize that small group enrollment has a direct effect on giving and worship attendance then there's a temptation to make small group tracking a goal to achieve rather than a spiritual formation relationship to develop. I know this because I lived it.