Six Reasons Why the Minimization of Numerical Metrics Is Dangerous

August 16, 2019
Episode #563
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Metrics have a bad reputation in some churches. In others, they’re too much of the focus. Today, we discus why you should take a balanced approach to metrics.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • There is a danger in churches becoming numerically obsessed. There is also a danger in churches neglecting numbers.
  • What gets measured gets accomplished.
  • Church health and church growth are not in opposition to one another, but they are not always congruent.
  • Churches shouldn’t see themselves as “a discipleship church” or “an evangelism church”—every church should be both.

The six reasons we discuss are:

  1. History has demonstrated the danger.
  2. It can absolve leaders and members of needed accountability.
  3. Sometimes it is an act of rationalization.
  4. Church health versus church growth are complementary, not contradictory.
  5. Discipleship and evangelism are not either/or choices.
  6. Churches typically have to err on the side of growth and evangelism to attain balance.

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