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Why Your Church Will Die (But That’s Okay)

Measurement

We have different measures of health at each stage of life. When we were babies, the doctor measured our height and weight to see if we were growing in a healthy manner. The doctor, however, is no longer excited when I add 5 pounds a month; at some point, the measurements of health change. So how do we measure at each stage of a church’s life cycle?

Stages Health measurement
Child and Adult Numerical growth
The key areas to measure are attendance, giving, small group participation, and serving both in the local congregation and in the community. The goal is to be growing in each of these areas.
Parent Fruit
What fruit is the church reproducing? Are new leaders being developed at every level? Is the church planting new congregations? Are leaders being sent out to lead in other contexts?
Grandparent and Senior Citizen Orchard
This is where the real fun is. Rather than focusing solely on local attendance and giving (which will always be a measure of health), the mature leader begins to count the orchard. What is the sum of all the congregations the church has directly planted around the world?

 

If we begin with the end in mind, the ultimate goal of every church planter will be a healthy orchard.

So what do you think? Is this a helpful paradigm? What would you change? What would you throw out all together?

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Geoff has served on the leadership teams at Seacoast Church and Saddleback Church, and as Managing Director of Exponential. He is the author of several books, including Together: A Guide for Couples in Ministry written with his wife Sherry. Along with writing, Geoff coaches churches and leaders around the U.S. and in Europe. Geoff lives in Denver, Colorado. Twitter: @geoffsurratt