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31 Oct '13

What metrics do you use to determine success in your church?

Posted by T.J. Addington in measuring results, metrics, success
The definition of metrics as a means of understanding how we are doing in local church ministry is one that is gaining far more prominence. How do we know if we are doing well? How do we catch areas that are sliding? Of course that presupposes that we desire to honestly evaluate our ministries as a means of sharpening our focus and our success.

One of the keys to using metrics is to measure all that you can (the more information you have the more you will understand) and then to determine what the key non-negotiable areas of measurement should be. Our metrics, however should be driven by a New Testament definition of success rather than a cultural definition of success.

Think about these areas in your congregation, take a stab at answering them and ask whether these "indicators" or metrics would be worthwhile evaluating on an annual basis. All of these go to the health of one's church. They are not listed in any particular order.

  • What is our numerical growth or decline annually?

  • What is our conversion growth annually?

  • Do we have an identifiable disciplemaking pathway to bring people to spiritual maturity?

  • Do we have clear statements regarding our mission, our guiding principles, central ministry focus and culture?

  • Do these clear statements actually impact how we do ministry?

  • What is the giving per attendee per year?

  • What portion of the budget is allocated for outreach or missions?

  • Do we have a clear leadership coaching/training paradigm for future church leaders?

  • What percentage of our adults are in small groups?

  • What focus do we have as a church on Kingdom Ministries - ministries focused on our community or region?

  • What focus do we have as a church on ministry "to the least of these?"

  • How many individuals has our church sent into full time ministry?

  • What is our annual attrition rate (people leaving the church)

  • Do our governance systems hinder or facilitate the making of timely ministry decisions?

  • Do board and staff have a clear definition of what role each plays?

  • Do staff members operate with annual ministry plans?

  • Are Elders/Leaders clear or unclear on their Biblical function and role? It that role written down?

  • Is there an emphasis on spiritual transformation and a plan for how your congregation seeks to help people see personal transformation?
  • Are we seeing genuine spiritual transformation taking place among our people and leaders?

  • Is there an annual intentional ministry plan being driven by staff and leaders?

  • What significant ministry innovation has taken place in the past 24 months?

  • Is there an intentional plan to develop greater diversity within the congregation. How many ethnic groups are represented in a sizable way? What are they?

  • How many of your pastors have a mentor and how many are mentoring other pastors?

  • Is there a high, medium, low or non-existent level of alignment among ministries of the church?

  • In what ministries is the church finding its greatest opportunity for spiritual growth, kingdom impact or evangelism?

  • Does the church have an intentional process for choosing leaders based on needs and qualifications?

  • Does the board operate with a board covenant outlining commitments to one another and acceptable board behavior?

  • What percentage of the church participates in local, national or international short term ministries each year?

  • What percentage of the congregation's ministries are focused on disciplemaking and what percentage on evangelism?

  • What percentage of the congregation are using their gifts in meaningful ways inside or outside the church?

  • Is the Gospel held up as the central most important element in the life of the church?

  • Could the majority of your people articulate the great truths of the faith?

What questions would you add?