by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 12/2/15.
I’ve asked my students to help me create a list of helpful websites or software programs that can help track the numbers in a church or ministry. Such tools can be especially helpful if they let you track participation in small groups as a percentage of overall attendance (this would allow you to track “maturation growth” or what is also called “growth in maturity” Acts 2:42)
Below are a few sites that can help with data gathering. They will probably invigorate tactical leaders (those who lead by numerical analysis) and will make life easier for strategic leaders (those who lead by vision) and operational leaders (those who lead by relationships).(1)
Automated Church Systems: http://www.acstechnologies.com
Life Church in Edmond, OK http://www.churchmetrics.com (This church you may remember was an example of a church with healthy growth which I profiled in Growth by Accident, Death by Planning: How NOT To Kill a Growing Congregation (2004).
More to come …
(1) If you can’t remember the distinctions between Strategic-Tactical-Operational leadership see Preparing for Change Reaction: How To Introduce Change in Your Church (The Wesleyan Publishing House, 2007, pp. 31-46). You can also take a test to discover your leadership traits on pp. 46-47 of the book or click here: https://churchhealthwiki.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/leadership-3-types-strategic-tactical-operational-freedownload-changereactionbook/