Celebrate!

I’ve never been all that good at celebrating. For better or for worse, I don’t dwell. Not long back I heard someone say that what we celebrate gets replicated. Similarly, I heard someone else say we get what we count. I can’t remember where it was that I heard those things, but they got me thinking.

One thing we have been working to build into our culture is a habit of broadly sharing the gospel. It occurred to me – what if we counted gospel shares and celebrated each one?  For a while, I kept track of our gospel shares (among other info) in a pocket notebook and everyone reported it all directly to me. It didn’t take long for that to become difficult to maintain or keep up to date.

Each week in our campus church we would celebrate what we’ve been seeing Jesus do during a time we called Stories from the Harvest. Each week I would write the updated numbers on the board to celebrate as we told the stories behind the numbers to keep everyone up to date – this way we could celebrate the quantities and the quality.

Towards the end of our first semester sharing the gospel more broadly, I knew I couldn’t keep track of everything myself without slowing the whole process down tremendously. We had to do something different. Because everyone was reporting to me, it felt like they were engaged in my mission, not their own.

How could we give away ownership of the mission and still celebrate it well?

I decided to put together a simple Google Form that automatically filled in a connected Google Sheet. Here’s what the form looks like:

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With a little bit of web-magic we have the total number of gospel shares displayed on an unlisted page on our ministry’s website. This is what we see:

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In between these two things is the spreadsheet that gets auto-populated with the information shared through the form. It is dead simple. The timestamp is recorded automatically and the other two items are the required options on the form. The next image is the cumulative info from the form – no one else sees this. The web-magic (talk to my web guy – I couldn’t do it myself) totals out column B and displays it on the website as you saw above.

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We give the link to the form and the link to the report to our students so that we can all share and celebrate as we go. One simple way to access either one is by bookmarking them in our phone browsers so that they just pop up:

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To make it even quicker, some will turn the form into an “app” by tapping the share sheet like this:

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You add it to the home screen like this:

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Then you get this simple “app” which loads the website with the form and it is always at the ready:

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The whole point is making it simple to track gospel shares. The point isn’t that I know everything all the time. The point is that we can all celebrate better when we do the work of stewarding our work.

This process won’t be right for everyone, but I would encourage you to consider what it is you want to replicate and how you can better count it and celebrate it. I wrote a little about clarifying important metrics here. I hope this is helpful to you – let me know what works best for you!