The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. How can we know whether we are achieving the mission unless we measure discipleship? How can we measure discipleship?
Geoff Surratt suggests that churches take a short lesson from Willow Creek and survey the congregation routinely on Five questions that he organizes using the acronym SPREAD:
Create a simple survey with the following questions. Give the survey and a pen to everyone who attends one weekend, and take time during the service to fill out the survey out together.
As a growing disciple of Jesus I (circle all that apply)
- Serve my local church generously with my time, talent and resources
- Pray consistently
- Read my Bible almost every day
- Engage regularly in a biblical community (small group)
- Actively participate in missional outreach
- Develop other disciples
This survey measures intention and commitment. I wonder how this kind of survey could measure action and outcomes in the lives of diciples?