April 14, 2014 Tony Morgan

Vital Signs: 3 Bad Tests Pastors Use to Measure Ministry

How do most churches measure the health of their ministry? Very few leaders have an accurate method. Most rely on an unhealthy test to determine whether or not they are leading well. Have you ever used any of these three tests?

1. The Full Room Test

Ever looked around on Sunday morning to see how many people showed up? Many pastors are asking, “How full was the room?” While I join you in hoping that people attend, your church’s attendance barely provides a glimpse of its true health.

2. The Gut Check Test

Many pastors base their perception of the church on the way they feel at any moment. Unfortunately, our feelings are affected by whatever we most recently encountered. An accurate measure of church health requires something more consistent.

3. The Bank Account Test

Too often, it takes a financial struggle for a church to realize that it is unhealthy. As long as the bills are paid, everything seems fine. But once the bank account starts running low, leaders suddenly scurry to fix issues. Unfortunately, The Bank Account Test reveals problems after it is too late to solve them.

So how can you get an accurate measure of your church’s health? My latest eBook, Vital Signs: Meaningful Metrics That Keep a Pulse on Church Health, offers an objective tool to heighten your perspective. With 12 key benchmarks built on nationwide data, you can quickly get an objective outlook. These Vital Signs will help you see deeper into four key areas: attendance, involvement, finances, and facilities.

Are you ready to get a true measure of your church’s health? Learn more about Vital Signs on Amazon.com


Can’t wait to measure the health of your church? We’ve created a worksheet to automatically calculate all 12 of your Vital Signs. You can access it for FREE right here! Then utilize the eBook to better understand your results!

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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