I really want to help others grow their faith. Don’t think too highly of me. Sometimes my own faith stinks. Sometimes I don’t even like being around people (especially after another Tony Romo season-ending interception). Sometimes I focus on me too much. But, overall my passion in life is helping others grow their faith.
But how do you REALLY help others grow their faith? That’s daunting! But as pastors, we must face this question: How does the church REALLY help others grow their faith?
So, how’s it going? Additionally, how do you measure how it’s going?
Recently I discussed the right scoreboard vs. the wrong scoreboard. (You can click HERE to read it.) Jesus said the church’s scoreboard is making disciples.
The scoreboard is clear (making disciples) but measuring it is super foggy. The key is determining proper gauges. It’s important to distinguish gauges vs. the scoreboard.
As I shared recently HERE, God seems to grow people’s faith 5 ways: 1) Biblical teaching, 2) Providential Relationships, 3) Pivotal Circumstances, 4) Private Disciplines, & 5) Personal Ministry.
The church is most effective when focused on “positioning” people for discipleship. For example, we can’t control circumstances but we are positioned for greater “success” if we’re in community with Godly people when unforseen, difficult circumstances arise.
Based on the “5 Ways God Grows Our Faith”, the primary gauges North Point Community Church monitors are: 1) Sunday attendance (Biblical teaching), 2) Giving (treasure reveals heart), 3) Personal Ministry, & 4) Small Group (Providential Relationships). (There are many more sophisticated measurements like ratio of small group participation to Sunday attendance, etc. but these are the critical gauges.)
North Point’s Scoreboard = discipleship. North Point’s Gauges = Attendance, Giving, Ministry, & Groups.
It’s impossible to measure individual discipleship. But we can measure the amount of people who are positioning themselves for discipleship.
Your church’s vision will help you narrow the numbers that matter. No one number gives a complete picture but identifying the gauges help give the leadership clarity, unity, and empowerment to lead.
Can you identify the gauges that help you measure your discipleship process? Are those gauges accurately tracked? Can your leadership team identify the gauges? Do they understand their part in moving the ball forward?