How do you measure Church growth?
December 9, 2008, 11:47 am
Filed under: Church, Master's Class, Youth Ministry | Tags: , , ,

Church leaders talk about numbers a lot.  When ever someone comes up to me wonder about how the youth ministry is doing they normally ask how many do you have in your ministry?  Of course, I tell them the numbers but numbers isn’t the only thing that needs to be measured.

Most of you know that I have been in my master’s class now for 4 weeks.  I am learning a lot in how to lead a Church.  One thing that I am learning is how to evaluate growth in the Church.  I would like to share with you.  

Bob Whitesel, my professor is an incredible person and knows his stuff.  He is a Church consultant and if your Church is looking for someone that will challenge you and your Church then use him.  In his book, Growth by Accident Death by Planning, he shows a way to measure growth.  Not just in numbers.

4 ways to measure Growth in a Church

Maturation Growth:  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

  • Are the ministries producing disciples?
  • How is small groups/Sunday School/Bible studies going?
  • How many of the congregation is involved in some for of discipleship?

Growth in Unity:  “All the believers were together and had everything in common.”  Acts 2:44

  • Is community being built?
  • How is the unity in the Church?
  • Does the people understand the vision and the mission of the Church?
  • Do they church come and sit in the Church or they involved?

Growth in Favor: “enjoying the favor of all the people” Acts 2:47b

  • Is the Church meeting the needs in the community?
  • What does the community think about the Church?
  • Are the people in the Church connecting with the community?

Growth in Numbers: “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Act 2:47c

  • Are people showing up at the Church?
  • Are we reaching people?

All 4 of these need to be measured.  The sad part is that most Churches only measure the numbers.  Numbers are important but it isn’t the only important growth in the Church.  

This is just a few things that I am learning so far.  I love this class!


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Excellent points. Some churches miss the mark on at least one or two of these. I think the first three lead to the numbers growth. I do believe that a lack of numbers growth shows a deficiency in one of the others as well. Hope you guys get well for Christmas!

Comment by daddyheath

Very true Heath. The first 3 should bring growth in numbers.

Hope to be well for Christmas. Thanks

Comment by dustinwilson

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