Numbers get a bad rap in the church world. Leaders can often hear that they ‘only care about the numbers’, without the realization that each number counted in a worship service or volunteer activity represents a face, a name, a story, a life in need of transformation.
However, as it turns out, numbers mattered very much to Jesus. In his parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15), it’s pretty clear that the shepherd knew he had exactly 100 sheep. He also knew when one was missing, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could tell 99 sheep from 100 sheep if I weren’t counting. Numbers mattered in that story, and numbers matter to God. That means numbers need to matter to church leaders.
But what numbers will really mean the most when it comes to building true community in your church? How do you know which numbers to monitor, and what they’re telling you? It can start to feel like you’re playing a frustrating arcade game — one number pops up, and just as you figure out what to do with it, it’s disappeared and another pops up in a different area.
Rather than spending your valuable time in this metrics version of Whack-A-Mole, we’ve got an approach to using numbers that will help you plan more effectively, make more informed decisions, and help build stronger communities within your church. We call it The Numbers Game.
In this free e-book, we lay out the nine key metrics church leaders like you need to understand as you’re looking to grow your community-building efforts. We walk through dimensions like attendance, volunteer management, online activity, giving, events, and assimilation to help you see what’s working and what’s not in your ministry. We’ve also included helpful tips for Church Community Builder users on the best ways to track these areas and see the progress you’re making.
Growing a thriving, connected church is a numbers game — one that’s too important to lose. Once you understand how to master The Numbers Game, you’ll find new and better ways to engage people in your church community and help them create meaningful relationships that lasts. And that’s a game where everybody wins.
Download your copy of The Numbers Game today!