by Jackson Wu, nd. (excerpted from a more comprehensive article on evaluation, linked below).
What about quality?
How does Scripture primarily describe Spiritual fruit? In Gal 5:22–23, Paul writes,
“the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
Many mission organizations track statistics regarding the number of churches and professions of faith. How many have a way of recording and celebrating fruitfulness as Paul describes it?
We might think of “quality” fruitfulness in terms of five goals.
1. Clarity (head)
Are we giving a clear witness that is both biblically faithful and culturally meaningful?
2. Conviction (heart)
We want those we serve to have changed hearts. Yet, this is NOT something we can control.
It is a miraculous work of the Spirit. For this reason, we should be careful about how much we push “decisions” as the primary metric for ministry success. How can we be held accountable for something outside our control?
3. Character (head)
We want believers to live godly lives.
4. Calling (mission)
We want believers to serve God in ministry to the world. God’s people are called to join His mission.
5. Community (church)
Ministry to and through individuals is not the primary goal. We cannot claim effectiveness if we are not aiming to build up the Church. Christian faith is inherently communal…
Read more at … http://jacksonwu.org/2015/07/08/is-our-ministry-effective/