Clearly numbers do not tell the whole story of a local church, annual conference or denomination. There are stories of life change that are more important than raw data. One of the challenges of collecting stories is how to report them. It is far easier to look at a graph of worship attendance at our church over time and seek to draw conclusions over time. How do you look back over time and compare stories that have been collected?
- Number of stories?
- Category of stories?
- Stories of visitors?
- Community impact?
How do you collect stories of people and tell them in a way that builds up the body of Christ both at the time and will be able to used in a meaningful way in the future?
I hope that you have enjoyed this series. I am always looking for new tools that can allow me to have more time to spend with people and make connections deeper and more effective. Just last week, I signed up for two new services which I am trying out.
- Remember the Milk – Is, according to their website, “the best way to manage your tasks.” I have transferred all my tasks from Outlook to RTM and have enjoyed the additional functionality, web 2.0ness and flexibility to access on various platforms. I am considering purchasing an iPhone as a Happy 2009 and look forward to integration on this platform.
- Evernote – Is, according to their website, “Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.” I am not yet as convinced of the utility of Evernote, but have begun to save items there.
What are tools that you use to make your job easier or more efficient?