Grading Ministry Effectiveness

One of my new responsibilities is overseeing our staff & their perspective ministries. Just keeping tabs, helping them reach goals, staying in line with the vision of our church, and being effective. I’ve never done that before on a large scale, so I’m thinking of using a report card style. It’s easy to read & communicate, it’s visual, and it will be easy to use to gauge milestones.

My question for you out there is what things are measurable? I’d like to come up with 5-6 things that can be measured and “graded”. That way we can hold people accountable and help them reach their potential as leaders. There are some that come to mind already, but I am interested in your input.

List your top 5-6 measurable areas of ministry (think beyond worship & music, all my worship peeps – children, youth, outreach, assimilation, spiritual growth, men, women, small groups, membership, etc.).

6 thoughts on “Grading Ministry Effectiveness

  1. James

    This might sound a bit nebulous, but one thing I know we’re starting to work on at The Summit is “What is our thematic goal, and what are we doing to reach it?”. A thematic goal is something that every ministry can strive for. For us right now, it’s “double” – double our services, double our teams, and double the size of the church, etc. By introducing a theme like that the spans every ministry in the church, it introduces a bunch of tangible, quantifiable measurements. Really good exercise that is helping us measure the effectiveness of what we’re doing.

  2. Billy Chia

    Of course some the most important metrics are the hardest to measure: How do you measure an individual growing closer to God? How do you measure community? Can you double someone’s faith? What’s that look like?

    Although I agree with James that the whole church should be working toward a cohesive goal. I’d probably seek to find evidence that youth, worship, outreach, etc.. are supporting one another an not competing with one another.

    Also, perhaps you can involve the people you are grading in goal setting. They could earn a grade based on how closely they met, failed to meet, or exceeded their goals. But it also leads into being able to talk about what factors contributed and how to improve in the future.

  3. James McLean

    well, i can’t answer this for anyone else but the current ministry i am involved with. there really isn’t anything that we can do to improve upon the mission that Jesus originated. so i guess my questions would be… How are we making disciples? What does it mean to be a disciple?(Matt. 28) Are we cultivating a biblical imagination in people? Are we challenging people to live out the mission of Jesus?
    are people’s lives being transformed because of the ministry of this church?

  4. vince

    Important questions to ask:

    >Are you getting quality time with your wife and kids?
    >Can you pay your bills?
    >Are you getting the solitude you needs to be an effective spiritual leader?
    >Are you being fed?

  5. Rich Kirkpatrick

    Well, well…

    – worship services consistent in quality and impact
    – volunteers supported, expanded, maximized
    – growing in my skills and knowledge
    – new leaders developed and set in place
    – my soul has margin, and family life supported
    – then..of course the actual projects, events, etc. all completed to satisfaction…

    I would add that metrics should be based on what a person is supposed to do. Right? Too often, micromanagement wants to delegate the job without the authority or support to get the job done. Church staff people do great in lean times, but when leaders squeeze too much, then the obvious happens. How about measuring that–the idea of how expectations are funded, supported and other such sanity?

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