Thursday, January 08, 2009

My thoughts on the light show future

In short, it's a green light - the light show should continue another year. Why? Because the percentage of unchurched people who came not only is above 10% - but it increased from 14% to 23% from 2007 to 2008. Folks, that's WHY we are doing it. It's not for media attention. It's not for bragging rights. It's not because it has become a tradition. It's not for ANY other reason - other than to tell people about Christ.

In the future, if the number of surveyed people stays above 10% unchurched - it's a good indicator that we are doing some good. Most outreaches I've been involved in in the past were 6% or lower. While the true percentage is probably higher, the measured amount is the only tangible number with which to make decisions.

Also, if the percentage of surveyed people who are unchurched begins to drop over consecutive years - it's time to admit that we are most likely on the backside of an S-curve. This means reinventing the light a light show on a Kansas grain elevator...or completely killing it for a different event would be wise. What counts is not the sheer number of people who come to the event - but how many people who don't know Christ. It's all about having an opportunity to share Christ with them.

God, help us to make wise use of the resources You give us (time, money, people, energy). You said the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So we want to make what we do count. May You be broadcast in our us learn how to best do it.

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