When we talking about growth, particularly about growth in the missional movement, we need to make sure we are asking the right question.
The wrong question to ask is how.
As in: “How do I grow this (ministry)? How do I become more effective? How do I grow as a leader?
These aren’t necessarily bad questions to be asking, they are just the wrong questions to be asking.
The much more important question to be asking is who.
Who am I becoming in Christ?
This question redefines our parameters and shapes us much differently.
How questions focus on success based metrics. They are consumed with doing the right things, saying the right things, presenting things the right way. We all want to be effective (or successful) but ‘how’ questions usually tend to focus primarily on numbers. Success is defined in ‘the how’ by numerical growth. Last week we had 30 people attending, this week we have 45, we must be a success! But it largely (or even worse completely) ignores missional capacity, spiritual growth, and Jesus-centered theology. When we focus on the ‘how’ we forsake Jesus shaped identity for pragmatics and programs.
Missional mindedness forces us to instead shift to the ‘who’ questions. Who am I? Who am I becoming? Who has Christ called me to be? These questions force us to keep our eyes fixated on Jesus, the Good News of the resurrection, and the hope that we have in him. Who questions draw us into pursuing the ‘author and perfecter of our faith’ not the misleading statistics of budgets, butts, and buildings.
In the missional frontier, ‘who’ questions are going to become ever more important. They are going to force us to stop and reevaluate our priorities, less on numbers and more on spiritual formation, less on bounded sets and more on being centered.
What do you think? Are you persuaded? Convinced? Hesitant? What do you think of the difference between how questions and who questions? Please Enter the Discussion below!