Some really interesting benchmarks stats from www.theunstuckgroup.com that relate to the US. For me whilst it is great to see growth in attendance year on year (no matter how small), it shows that the Church is still not creating the opportunities to engage with Church.
With so many of us living increasingly mobile lives, the expectation of attendance to physical meetings is going to be an increasing issue.
My honest belief is that this is relatively easily solved by building a next generation digital engagement strategy. Something that sadly currently plays second fiddle to pushing attendance to events, throwing money at buildings, production etc, all of which has repeatedly shown as ‘not important’ to people wanting to engage. …
Do you ever wonder what it must have been like in the early Church?
Making decisions on the format of the teaching, working out how to best reach people and of course how to portion out everyone’s belongings (not sure that would work well today!).
They did have one advantage; no ‘church’ model existed yet giving them free reign on everything.
Sadly, that is not the case any more.
Whether a church thinks they are radical or not, they all follow a very similar cut and paste format. …
Measurements are the lifeblood of an organisation. Knowing what to measure, how to measure it and what the measurements mean is absolutely critical if you want to grow.
An old colleague of mine used to repeatedly quote the famous sentence “What gets measured, gets done”
Truth right there.
Measurement in Church is also critical if you are interested in understanding how the Church is doing; where you are doing well and where you might need some help.
The same goes for Digital Church.
Traditional Church has tended to use attendance as it biggest metric and then some more enlightened ones go as far weekly salvations, baptisms, people at a group etc. …