Metrics your Church Should be Measuring


Every successful church or successful organization does not become successful without evaluating itself.

Evaluation is critical to be successful. You must evaluate everything.

What you desire to replicate, you should evaluate! [Click to Tweet]

If becoming a successful church requires evaluation, it is important that we are evaluating the important goals that we intend to replicate.

So, what are they? What are the metrics that we should be measuring and evaluating?

Great question, glad you asked!

I want to share three main things that our church measures to determine if our people are engaged in our church. Here they are:

1. Worship

Every church likely looks at attendance on Monday. You should. Now to clarify, numbers are not everything, but they can give you an idea of where your people are at.

Don’t make numbers the main thing, but make them a thing.

Every number has a name; every name has a story; and every story matters to God.

Every week, we evaluate the attendance. Evaluating attendance helps us see the trajectory of where we are headed. Evaluating this also gives us an idea of our progress in engaging the community from week to week.

If you expect your people to be faithful to your church on a weekend, why not evaluate the number of people coming on a weekend.

What we believe is important for our people is a metric that we want to be measuring.

If you value people attending your church regularly, you should be evaluating and measuring whether or not they are coming back each weekend.

2. Groups

Worship attendance is important, but one thing corporate worship is not designed to do is to help people build deep friendships with other people.

Groups (you might call it Sunday school) are the avenue for people to find community.

We  measure how many people attend a group each month. This shows how engaged your people really are.

Most people who join a group stick with your church for a long time.

In our experience, groups are the stickiest thing that we do as a church. [Click to Tweet]

If you want to retain people, have a good assimilation process to get people into groups.

That is why we measure group attendance, and you should to.

3. Outreach

We view outreach in two ways in our church: 1) Outreach in our church 2) Outreach in our community.

We ask for those who attend our church to engage with our church by participating in assisting us in accomplishing the mission of our church.

This is why we celebrate those who park cars every weekend. This is why we celebrate those who pass out bulletins and greet people.

We celebrate every volunteer because we believe every volunteer regardless of their role helps us accomplish our mission each weekend of reaching people.

We also want our people to engage with their neighbors through outreach in their community.

Our church tries to be present in the community in some way about once a month. We do different outreach events, and we ask for our people to come out and serve the community.

Few things change people as much as getting them out serving others. [Click to Tweet]

We measure successful outreach by how many volunteers we have on a weekend engaging in the mission of our church.

What do you Think? 

What metrics does your church measure? Would you add anything to our list?

Join the conversation by commenting below. I would love to know what your church or ministry measures to determine how successful they are.

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

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