What can you make of numbers? I was just reading some stats put out by a church I very much respect, and found that most of their campuses have 75-85% participation in small group. I celebrated for the kingdom; I felt sad for myself. At only 52% participation at my church, I kind of felt like a failure.
I brightened my day with a little creative cunning. If we started using Sunday attendance as the denominator instead of regular participants we feel spiritually responsible for, our numbers boosted to 75-85% participation. If we add those outside our church who participate in our small groups to the numerator, we sneak past 100%.
Whew. I can sleep easy tonight.