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Changing Metrics: The Benefits of Measuring Devotion and Obedience, Not Just Numbers

July 3, 2013

“Today, people in our churches—and especially young people—want to devote their lives to a cause that’s bigger than themselves,” observes Ken Fong, pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles. “In our church,” he reflects, “we’ve had to change what we measure. We no longer use size as our primary metric. Instead, we spend time and effort analyzing the compelling intangibles of the Spirit’s work: devotion, love, and obedience.”

Leadership Network’s concept paper Changing Metrics: The Benefits of Measuring Devotion and Obedience, Not Just Numbers , previously published by Pat Springle explores this important topic.

Here are some great quotes from the paper:

“Instead, we spend time and effort analyzing the compelling intangibles of the spirit’s work: devotion, love, and obedience.”

“I’m afraid we’ve been measuring the wrong things.”

“Our preoccupation with size causes us to praise some pastors and their churches too highly and devalue others.”

“The quest of consumerism is an attempt to find meaning. It has lofty promises, but leaves people empty.”

“Shifting the metric of success to the intangible of devotion requires considerable thought and careful application.”

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https://leadnet.org/resources.

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