Five of the Most Common Metrics to Watch in Revitalization or Replant

Episode #108
August 29, 2019
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In a revitalization or replant, there are more important and more specific metrics to measure and watch than in growing churches or church plants. Today, we look at five.

Episode Highlights:

  • Three-year trend lines are important to watch in revitalization situations because of the time it takes for things to turn around.
  • If only a handful of people give a large share of a church’s budget, it can be problematic if one of them leaves the church.
  • Churches should follow up with first-time guests in a systematic and immediate way.
  • Church budgets—like the people and leadership—need to be outwardly focused.

The five metrics we discuss are:

  1. Consecutive years of worship attendance decline.
  2. The percentage of members giving 80% of the budget.
  3. Conversions relative to attendance.
  4. Average first and second-time guests per week.
  5. Percentage of budget inwardly focused.

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