The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.John 10v3
For a while I’ve been playing around with a phrase #namesnotnumbers. It birthed from a conversation I had with Jesus about what the core motivations we drew from at CCSWT. It was the summer time and true to self, I’d parked myself up in Isaiah for the holiday. Around the time of this conversation I had found myself at chapter 43, one which has personal significance for me, so I had dwelt there a little longer.
Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
I’ve been a youth leader for a long time now, both in the church and non church world. Numbers drive us. We try to not let them, but they still get a hold of us. Numbers are important, they are helpful for funding and measuring the work quantitative, but they are not what we build our work on. Names are what matter to the heart of our charity. Names remind us why we do what we do, names matter.
For a myriad of reasons we can’t share the names and sometimes even the stories of the children & young people we work with. Yet something in my heart is beginning to fuel and create around this importance of names. I don’t know what it will be yet but I believe keeping names above numbers will profoundly impact the work we deliver next year.