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How Large Ministries Define and Track Spiritual Journeys

How Large Ministries Define and Track Spiritual Journeys

As a pastor or member of leadership, you know how important it is to understand the spiritual journey of every individual in your ministry. Since everyone’s journey is different, it becomes increasingly more difficult to see the bigger picture about where your members are in their walk with Christ and your ministry.

However, ministries like yours who have moved to MinistryPlatform can put those pieces together. Using MinistryPlatform’s Journeys and Milestones, they’re able to define and track all the spiritual changes any individual has as they grow in their faith. Below are some ways they’re using MinistryPlatform to do that and how you can, too.  

It all starts with milestones. But what exactly are milestones, and what can they mean to your ministry? A milestone is an important date or accomplishment that your ministry would like to track. For example, you could track baptisms, first-time visits or gifts, decisions to become a member or a volunteer, family bereavement, and so on.

Milestone report

Journeys are simply a collection of milestones for tracking discipleship. Journeys work best for milestones that usually occur over a certain amount of time or situations where you need to track the progress, so no one falls through the cracks. The easiest example is the process of moving from a visitor to a member, but you could use them to track family bereavement and follow up with loved ones. Journeys can be used for internal purposes, such as organizing the steps needed for planning a wedding in your sanctuary or hiring a new staff member.     

However, MinistryPlatform doesn’t stop there. Since it’s truly a flexible platform, ministries can do more than ever to shepherd their membership. For example, you can create a graph or chart for any of your milestones and journeys. If you’d rather use a prebuilt report, there are more than 200 of them ready for you on day one. And if you need to communicate with anyone in a milestone or journey, you can do so from nearly any part of MinistryPlatform without being confined to a certain area.

MinistryPlatform Prebuilt reports

With MinistryPlatform, ministries of all sizes can disciple their members and bring them closer to their ministry and Him. To find out more about how MinistryPlatform, with the help of ACS Technologies, can help you track and monitor discipleship, check out our ACS Technologies website for more information.


Cal joined the ACS team in 2004 and is currently the Market Strategy Manager serving denominational ministry partners. He received a degree in Secondary Education at Southeastern Bible College before pursuing graduate work at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He has served on various local nonprofit organizations, including The King’s Academy,  a Christian school in Florence, SC., and R.E.A.C.H., an educational resource group based in Florence. 

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