Keeping accurate numbers is important. But I’ve discovered another reason why many pastors pay such close attention to attendance records and offering amounts. In fact, I think it’s the main reason.
We don’t like to admit it, even to ourselves, because it’s not quite as noble as we’d like. It’s not sinister, either. Perhaps it’s just embarrassing.
Pastors don’t just count people because people count. Sometimes pastors count people to assure ourselves that we count. That our efforts matter.