Last week I wrote about connections. This week I want to answer a question/complaint I hear frequently, “Why do we have to do all this statistical stuff? What would Jesus think about what the church has become?” I can’t possibly answer the second question, but I do know that the Apostle Paul thought that the image of the church as Christ’s body was so important that he wrote about it several times. During my time in Chicago earlier in the month I attended two workshops on statistical work and began to realize that it is our statistics and records that act as the sinew that keeps the parts of the body together. It is our records and statistics that keep churches connected to each other, that keep churches connected to Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly, and that keep us connected to one another, past, present and future. Think about it. Has anyone ever come to your church looking for an ancestor’s Baptismal or marriage record? Has anyone ever needed their own Baptismal record to prove citizenship? Has anyone ever done research in your church using old session records or minutes? All this statistical stuff is what helps the parts of the body of Christ do the mission of the church, and I, for one, am so glad to be a part of it.