Counting disciples, tracking trends, and keeping good records have all been criticized aspects of the Church Growth Movement since its founding. While several writers have spoken to these criticisms over the years, the article, “Church Growth, Numbers, and Record Keeping” by Dr. John W. Ellas is one of the best responses ever written. He carefully presents the biblical foundations, answers the major criticisms, and offers six values for counting disciples.
Ellas, J. W. (1998). Church Growth, Numbers, and Record Keeping. Journal of the American Society for Church Growth, 9(2), 31-43. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/jascg/vol9/iss2/4