Earlier this week, I wrote a couple mini-rants in the comment sections of two ministry websites. The authors of the blogs weren’t the targets of my frustration. They actually brought up some good ideas. But the underlying issues got me going, so I jumped in.
Here’s what the blogs posted about, followed by what I wrote:
BLOG #1: MissionalChallenge.com
The post was Measuring Success In Your Church. In it, Dave DeVries cited Seth Godin’s concern that we tend to oversimplify the data we use when we’re trying to measure complex systems (false proxy, he calls it). Then the author of the blog asked, correctly, if we do the same thing in church leadership.
Are we measuring the wrong things when we count butts in the seats and bucks in the offering (my terms, not his) to determine a church’s success?
Thank you for this. I think you and Seth Godin are getting at something very important with the idea that we need to use a better set of criteria when we measure church success/failure.
But I’d like to see it taken one step further. Instead of finding better things to measure, I have a question. And it’s a serious one.
Where, exactly, is the biblical mandate that everything needs to be measured?