by Bob Whitesel Ph.D., 6/12/15.
Church leaders usually want to apply quantitative evaluation of growth … that means using verifiable numbers and not anecdotal observations. But most don’t know where to start.
In four of my books I have updated and modified a church measurement tool. You will find a chapter on measurement in each of these books:
> Cure for the Common Church, (Wesleyan Publishing House), chapter “Chapter 6: How Does a Church Grow Learners,” pp. 101-123.
> ORGANIX: Signs of Leadership in a Changing Church (Abingdon Press), “Chapter 8: Measure 4 Types of Church Growth,” pp. 139-159.
> Growth By Accident, Death By Planning (Abingdon Press), “Chapter 7: Missteps with Evaluation,” pp. 97-108/
> A House Divided: Bridging the Generation Gaps In Your Church (Abingdon Press), “Chaper 10: Evaluate Your Success,” pp. 202-221.
I explain that church growth involves four types of congregational growth. It is a seriously incorrect assumption to assume church growth is all about numbers. It is only 1/4 about numbers and 3/4 about the other types of growth mentioned in Acts 2:42-47. In the New Testament we find…
> Maturation Growth, i.e. growth in maturity, Acts 2:42-43.
> Growth in Unity: Acts 2:44-46.
> Growth in Favor, i.e. among non-Christians, Acts 2:47a.
> Growth in number of salvations, i.e. which God does according to this verse, Acts 2:47b.
To become more acquainted with these “church metrics” start by focusing on the first “Maturation Growth.”
In my first book, A House Divided: Bridging the Generation Gaps In Your Church (Abingdon Press) I created a chart for computing a “Composite Maturation Number (CMN).
CLICK HERE >> BOOK ©Whitesel EXCERPT – HOUSE DIVIDED Chpt.10 Evaluation << to download the chapter from that book (not for public distribution). Then apply Figure 10.1 titled “How to Compute Your Composite Maturation Number (CMN)” to your organization.
You will be surprised how easy and helpful it is to start tracking your church’s progress in Christ-like maturity. And, this exercise will give you another tool to measure growth and maturation in your congregation.
Remember, if you are only measuring growth in numbers, you may be missing growth (or lack thereof) in the other three (3) critical areas of growth that God desires for His church.
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