Is your church or ministry reaching maximum effectiveness? Your answer to that question depends on how you define and measure effectiveness.
How Some Churches & Ministries Measure Maximum Effectiveness
- If based on the number of members and/or attendees, some churches might seem like they’ve arrived.
- If evaluated in terms of efficient administrative organization, some churches might seem effective.
- If measured for excellent media and technological prowess, some churches might appear to have it all.
- If gauged by the number of programs offered, some churches might feel pretty good about themselves.
- If determined by the size of the pastoral staff, some churches might surpass others.
How God Measures Maximum Effectiveness
Certainly God values numeric growth, efficiency, and excellence. And, our programs and pastoral staff can be used by Him to accomplish what He wants us to do. Yet, if we read Ephesians 4:12-13, we learn that we haven’t arrived until . . .
- we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God
- and become mature
- attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:15-16 continues to speak about growing up “into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Questions to Ask to Determine if We are Reaching Maximum Effectiveness
Instead of asking how many members, staff, or programs we have, or to what level of efficiency or excellence we have obtained, let’s first ask questions that line up with God’s standard of measurement as found in Ephesians 4:12-13.
- How well are we getting along in our church?
- How well do we handle disagreements and differences?
- Where are people in their walk with God?
- To what extent are we discipling people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ?
- How much are we looking to Christ as the Head of the Church?
- How Christ-like are we?
- How important is Christ-like character to us?
Once we can satisfactorily answer these questions, then we might find answers to the other types of questions we often ask to measure effectiveness more useful.
But, it’s also important to ask how God intends for us to reach His standard of maximum effectiveness. Look for the next post.