Earlier in the Five Year Plan, I was obsessed with statistics. Cluster Growth Reports? I devoured them like candy. They fed my desire to know exactly what was happening so that I could determine next steps.
Then something shifted. My teaching team's efforts started to bear fruit. We grew in numbers, but more than that, we grew in spirit. And ironically enough, now that our statistics show the beginnings of real growth in this neighborhood, I find I need them less. I'm happier to know how one junior youth is feeling safe enough to express interest in new subjects, or that a parent attended children's classes for the first time. I'm focused on the confidence our new teachers have begun to show, and the spiritually-based friendships now developing between former strangers.
We're expanding the number of our classes, home visits, and study circles, but what we're witnessing is a steady process of transformation. I'm still recording the numbers, but it's the stories that have captured my heart.