How Should We Measure Spiritual Growth?

Lessons from the Twelve Conference

I attended the Twelve Conference today, a huge online gathering of small-group leaders and point people. So far, it's been a great learning experience, and I'm so glad that many writers are represented, including Ben Reed, Carolyn Taketa, Rick Howerton, and Spence Shelton.

One of the discussions today was about how to measure spiritual growth. If you've ever tried to measure it, you know just how difficult it can be. After all, simply recording attendance, number of groups, and number of new people in groups doesn't give us an accurate picture of spiritual growth. These speakers, though, came up with some great questions to ask to gauge spiritual growth:

1. What are you doing today that you weren't doing yesterday?

2. How are you growing in the areas of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5?

3. Are you following Jesus today better than you used to?

4. Are you growing in the one another commands of the New Testament?

When it comes to assessing groups, you might ask:

1. Have we created a safe environment where people share authentically?

2. How deep are your prayer requests?

3. What stories of life transformation—healed marriages, reconciled relationships, etc.—do we have as a group?

4. Are we developing and sending out new leaders?

5. Do we focus just on ourselves, or do we also focus on others outside our group?

How do you measure spiritual growth? Share with us below.

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