It’s easy to rely on statistics and numbers as a measure for how well a ministry is doing. While statistics are indeed helpful, Karl Vater reminds us that every person attending church “has a name, a history and a future.”

Everyone in a church service, a discipleship class or a small group is a person for whom Jesus died. And knowing how many of them are in the room is a vital first step in ministering to them.

But it’s just a first step.

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