How Do You Measure Your Ministry Effectiveness?
just got off the phone with a pastor God is using in a wonderful way to disciple men. Something he said struck me when I asked him, “How do you measure your results and effectiveness?”
His answer went something like this: “I don’t have a clue. A few years ago I felt like I had to produce big numbers to be called ‘effective.’ But if God called me to disciple men, and he did, then effectiveness for me is being personally involved with men. That’s how I would measure success. Am I producing a viable model of true discipleship with a few men? If I am, then that can be reproduced.”
The question is not, “How many men have you discipled?” The question is, “Are you faithfully doing what God has called you to do?”
Dos and Don’ts for Measuring Your Ministry Effectiveness:
Don’t count noses—it will be one disappointment after another.
Don’t measure your worth by the size of your men’s ministry.
Do measure how effectively your “system” or model is working.
Do constantly tinker with your model to make it better.
Do offer every willing man an opportunity to be discipled.
Do make sure every man hears enough about what you’re doing so that, if he decides it’s not for him, he must make a conscience decision to pass.
Do stay properly attached to the vine, and you will bear much fruit.
Together in the battle for men’s souls,