“Hey Fletch” on Metrics

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Church Metrics

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Hey Fletch … I am wondering if you have any suggestions on books that show the importance of “Knowing Your Numbers.” I have found that keeping my finger on the pulse of our church it is a must. Not just financials but overall. Thanks for any input you can give. DRF—I can’t think of any books off the top of my head, but I looked on Amazon and found some. This [...]

Vision and Leading Indicators

Thursday, July 5, 2018Hey Fletch … I’m interested in using some leading indicators to help our staff get an idea on how things are really going in the church. What do you think?DRF—One of the best things that you can do for your church’s vision statement is to monitor it being lived out. Check out the April 4, 2018 column for a prior discussion on this topic.In the church world, lagging indicators are metrics like [...]

Percentages of Budget by Ministry Area

Monday, June 11, 2018 Hey Doc … You answered my question regarding the average percentage of General Fund that is allocated towards Creative Arts. Are there rough percentages of General Fund expenses for Youth, Children's Ministry and Adult Discipleship which would include Life/Small Groups? Thanks for your time, brother … DRF—Have a look at this. It should give you that data! These are just averages, so you numbers may vary. Area Percentage Worship, IT [...]

Church Grew to 2,000 in 5 Years

Thursday, May 24, 2018 Hey Fletch … I attended the XP-Seminar a few years ago and took one of your XPastor Online Courses. I am now on the leadership team of our church. We have grown rapidly from 300 to 2,000 in less than 5 years. Our Executive Pastor job description was for a smaller church and had no measurable expectations. What do you have as examples of Executive Pastor job descriptions or job [...]

Measuring the Size of Your Church

Friday, May 18, 2018 Hey Fletch … In the XPastor Compensation Survey, it states it is based on average weekly worship. Do children who go to Sunday school during the worship get factored into the church wide worship number? Thanks. DRF—This must be the season for people asking about Compensation! Getting at worship numbers is a challenge. Folks are all over the map on this. If the kids are in the worship service for [...]

Post-Ministry Event Evaluation

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Hey Fletch … We are attempting to develop some type of post-ministry evaluation form for the purpose of getting feedback from attendees of selected ministries or outreach events. Do you all have any samples of this type of document? DRF—Nice to hear from you and what a great looking website your church has … clean, easy to read, informative! Let me applaud you for wanting metrics from attendees of events. [...]

Working 65 Hours and Not Getting It Done

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Hey Prof … I’m about maxed out in my job at church. I’m putting in 65 hours a week and still not getting it all done. My wife is fussing at me all the time. Help! DRF—We all hit “Ceilings of Competency.” This is when our current skills take us to the limit of what we can humanly do. Working more hours will be like a hamster on a treadmill. [...]

Visitors Find Our Church Chilly

Saturday, March 10, 2018 Hey Doc … I’m trying to gauge how warm our church is. I feel that it is a super encouraging place to be, but some visitors are telling me otherwise. Any thoughts? DRF—Here is my simple litmus test. How many times have your members invited you to a small group or class? In sharing this litmus test with an elder recently, he said, “never.” He added, “maybe our church needs [...]

How Often People Attend Worship in a Month

Thursday, March 8, 2018 Hey Fletch … In Australia the trend is quickly moving away from every week attendance. People who almost never missed a Sunday, maybe missed once a month, now maybe only come once a month. Yet if you asked them they are still ‘committed’ and consider our church to be their spiritual home. We may have 200 average Sunday morning service attendance, but over a 4 week period may have over [...]

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