It has been said, “What gets measured, gets done.” So that leads us to ask, what needs to be measured in our ministry? What intentional steps do we need to take to be affective in our ministries?
First we must identify what needs to be measured as we cultivate a healthy church body? Here are some areas that I believe that must be measured. (There are many more areas that need to be thought through, but this is all based on your ministry core values.)
- Relevant Relationships
- Clear communication
- Teachings that equip believers to live out their faith
- Learning environment
- Ability to connect guest with the church body
- Mobilizing believers to reach out to the community
- Nurturing environment that offers support and care
Put together practical action steps that you can measure how well the identified areas are doing. (Here are two examples) (How can ministries within your body apply this measuring system within the ministry to keep the area affective?)
– Are leaders throughout the church taking steps to engage in relationships? If yes, how and to what existent do the relationship transcend outside of the church body?
– Do members within your church take initiative to meet new people and help guest connect with others within your church body? If yes, how far do the relationships extend throughout the body?
– Are relationships under every ministry extremely strong, good, needs improvement, or needs a makeover? (Measure this by communication that is done outside of the church service, and commodity among your leadership team.)
– Are relationships within your church body open to new relationships? (Measure this by how well new relationships are being cultivated within your church body?)
– Are listeners able to clearly communicate the main idea of what is being communicated?
– Are listeners initiating discussion with individuals from within and outside the church body?
– Are listeners searching for ways to apply content of what is being communicated to their individual life and or to their family’s life? (If yes, what ways are they appling what is being discussed?)
We also need to think through how regularly do you measure the identified areas? Is it weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually, etc.
Before any of the above can be done, you must know your organization core values, have a clear vision of what needs to take place and how do you develop the desired culture within your church body.