We’re incapable of measuring on a large scale what God values – heart attitude, authentic conversions, true discipleship, purity, worship, obedience, selfless advancement of the gospel, and so on.
So instead we settle for measuring things that only hint at the possibility of spiritual fruit – church size, growth rate, influence, church planting, etc. Unfortunately, a church can have all the trimmings of success by excelling at man’s metrics while actually yielding no spiritual fruit.
Not all big churches are fruitful. Not all fruitful things will grow big. But usually fruitful ministry does cause numerical growth.
Our current church metrics only weakly measure the probability of spiritual growth. I’ve grown tired of things labeled as quality Christianity while they dilute its principles or are devoid of it all together. In response, I’ve personally begun measuring the probability of ministry effectiveness with 7 questions.
- How well do you love others?
- How much do you pray?
- How much do you talk about Jesus?
- How much do you use Scripture?
- How joyful are you?
- How hard do you work?
- How much do you give God the glory?
These metrics are still flawed and vague. They don’t produce a finite number. But I do think they give a better answer as to the probability of ministry effectiveness.
What questions would you ask? Please share in the comments of this post.