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Assessments are important because God calls us to be fruitful as well as faithful. Effective ministry requires metrics because it helps you address real needs. A church’s mission should include pursue truth, respond to truth, mature the saint, love one another and reach lost people. What is your expectation of outcomes? What would it look like if you gave a final exam each year to determine what people could remember and what they have put in practice from your sermons? The difference between an organization that is good, and one that is great, is discipline.
Pastoral Leadership and Performance
A. Churches are often not great in doing assessments
II. Arguments against metrics
A. Metrics can cause you to take a reductionist approach to ministry
B. Metrics can seem too corporate
C. Spirituality is difficult to measure
D. Results may be too revealing or disturbing
III. Rationale for Metrics
A. The church has a business aspect to it (5:55-9:54 CC!!!) If you are training to be a pastor, you must have the knowledge and motivation to know how to lead and manage a business
B. There are some things that can be and must be measured
C. Scripture validates it
D. Effective ministry requires metrics
IV. The Process for Effective Measuring
A. You must have a clear mission and vision
B. Determine what superior performance looks like
C. Create relevant metrics
1. They should measure what you want to accomplish
2. They should fit into an actionable time frame
3. Focus on outcomes rather than activities
4. They should apply to things that are actually measurable
A. How do you begin setting up measurables?
B. How do you measure spiritual growth?
C. Spending time with someone who is making visible changes in their life
D. The importance of choosing the people you are going to mentor
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