Using Data to Measure Progress Toward Your Mission
“The LORD answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.”
Many a sermon has been preached on Habakkuk 2:2 and the importance of putting your vision to paper. Most churches follow this wisdom and create a vision or values statement, print it out, post it on their office walls, and then occasionally glance at it in quarterly meetings.
But in order for a mission (or any goal really) to have meaningful value, you must have a way to measure progress against it. As the famed writer, teacher and business consultant Peter Drucker once said, “what gets measured gets done.” This is true for businesses and churches alike.
How Can Your Church Go About Measuring Progress for Your Vision?
The answer to this question varies based on your specific vision. But here are a few examples:
- If your church values “worshipping God intimately,” then a way to measure that would be to track attendance at your worship services
- If you value prayer, you can measure sign-ups and attendance at your prayer gatherings
- If you value connection, you can measure participation in small groups
When it comes to measuring progress, your Church Management System (ChMS) can be an incredibly valuable tool—giving you an easy way to keep track of results and allowing you to better see the progress made over time.
Your ChMS should allow both staff and lay leaders to track attendance through kiosks, sign-in sheets, headcounts, or mobile apps. When tracked consistently, these measurements allow you to better understand how your activities are aligning with your vision and values.
Things to Think About When Determining Your Measurement Metrics
Having a “vision frame” helps you know what is most important for recognizing your ministry is successful. Based on those values, what kind of behavior, engagement or interaction will be the evidence that people are living within those values?
Some questions to ask might include:
- How involved are people in small groups in your church?
- What percentage of the congregation is actively serving/volunteering on a weekly/monthly basis?
- How often are your lay leaders checking in on the people they are discipling?
- Are any classes declining?
In our daily lives, tracking metrics helps us remain focused and accountable to the goals we are trying to achieve. It’s rarely “fun,” and sometimes even painful, but it is always rewarding because it helps provide the discipline that may be hard to find on a given day.
The same is true for your church. You might be amazed how much measuring progress toward your mission inspires your team to make more progress toward your mission.
Learn more about how you can gauge the health of your ministry. Register for our upcoming webinar, “Becoming a Data-Driven Ministry: Roundtable with Redeemer Presbyterian” today.