Every quarter, our Education staff sits down to evaluate each of our ministries to determine where we are being effective. I know some pastors and staff may have serious heartburn over evaluating numbers. To each his own, but take note of a great leadership principle…”that which gets measured, gets done.”
Before you throw darts, know that we understand ministry is measured by more than sheer numbers. Things like discipling and mentoring relationships, students staying connected to the local body after high school, students personally involved in reaching their friends and the world, students called to ministry, students involved in leadership and having a weekly ministry, students personally feeding from the Word of God, parental involvement, and students living in an obedient lifestyle are all critical to students becoming mature followers of Christ.
Here are the areas that we discuss at each quarterly meeting and then more in depth at our annual Education staff retreat:
Outreach: measured by contacts classified as a Mail, Telephone, or Visit as well as baptisms
Sunday School/Small Group: Attendance over the last three years
Secondary programs: Attendance over the last three years
Leadership: Attendance at monthly leadership meetings, number of teaching units, number of new classes started
GOOD NEWS FROM FALL REPORTS 2009:
1. Student ministry has been blessed again this year to see growth in every area in the first quarter of the school year
2. Student ministry averaged 1018 for the fall of 2009 in Sunday School
3. Number of adult volunteers has increased
4. We have baptized 72 students between the ages of 12-17 years old from August-November
1. While we have grown, it has been slower this year than in previous years.
2. Baptizing 72 students in four months is great, BUT there are incredibly too many students in our surrounding area to only see 72. We are not satisfied.
3. We must improve monthly leadership training
4. We must find a solution to connecting the dots between people saved and following through with baptism
5. We must do a better job of connecting those who visit our ministry and helping them plug into a small group
Pastors/Staff: What are the areas you measure?
FBCW Leaders/Students: How do we improve on the Bad News?