Ministry MetricsIf you click here you can download a PDF entitled “Ministry Metrics” that explains how to measure ministry flow in metric terms. This PDF is the outcome of a conversation that begin with another pastor friend of mine regarding how we could become better stewards of our ministries. Ministry metrics are becoming more popular among larger churches that are budget and staff heavy and are trying to be good stewards of their resources. Smaller churches aren’t as quick to get on board with metrics because the need to use metrics is not as pressing but nevertheless is important. As long as pastors chasten how they use metrics to measure ministry growth by having a philosophy of ministry that is Spirit-dependent and always mindful of the grace of God in the gospel; using metrics can be of great value.

Qualitative metrics are best done on a monthly or bi-weekly basis by the ministry director of a particular area of ministry (ex. Youth, Family, Community, Mission, Discipleship, etc.). In qualitative metrics you look at the smaller pieces of ministry, the nuts and bolts. Quantitative metrics are best done quarterly with all the leaders of the ministry areas together. Quantitative metrics focuses more upon larger growth and flow of ministry: events, new leaders being developed, evangelistic growth, etc.. Quantum metrics involve the whole body of leaders in the church joined together for an annual or tri-annual intensive discussion about how well the vision and mission of the local church is being realized. At this gathering volunteers, pastors, deacons, elders, etc. are all present. This is also where discussions regarding revisiting the vision for the sake of revision or reformulation occur.

Ministry Metrics 2You should notice trends in each area of metrics: they’re all aimed at small, large, and directional growth; they’re done in community with one another; and they’re inclusive to every leader in the body no matter how great or small their responsibility loads are.

I’d love to hear whatever thoughts you have on using ministry metrics, or testimonies to how they’ve been effective or destructive to your ministries growth.