The Danger of “If Just One Person…”

We’ve all been in a church business meeting when someone has said it. It’s the goto line to justify ministry expenditures, and according to Scott Cochrane, it is a dangerous lie. The line? “If just one person…” You may have heard it used like this:

If just one person takes a big step towards God…

If just one person starts reading the Bible regularly…

If just one person invites someone far from God into their home…

Scott pushes back saying that if just one person is doing this… it’s probably a waste of resources.

In this edition of Ministry Briefing we discuss Scott’s thoughts, and whether there is a better way to use those funds.

How do YOU approach “just one” thinking?



One Comments

  • Scott Cochrane February 17, 2016 Reply

    Great to see this discussion revisited. As I listened again to the discussion I found myself re-thinking my position, and wondering if I still hold to it as strongly as I did when I wrote the piece. My conclusion is that my resolve is as strong as ever.

    Ministry dollars are a precious resource, and those of us entrusted to the stewardship of those funds need to always be asking, “Is this the best allocation of these funds?”

    And the “if just one person” line of reasoning just doesn’t seem to hold water.

    Thanks again for re-visiting the conversation!

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