Jan Edmiston, a Presbyterian minister serving on Presbytery (regional) staff in the Chicago area, recently published a post entitled Measuring a Year in the Life of a Church. She’s got some good thoughts about possible questions to ask when considering whether a church is thriving or merely surviving. Here are a few samples:
- Can you identify an occasion in the last year when the congregation chose faith over fear?
- Is the church living off an endowment or do the tithes and offerings of the congregation cover all expenses?
- Can you name things your congregation tried that failed in the past year? (Note: if you didn’t fail at anything, you probably didn’t try anything new.)
- Can you name ten people who were spiritually transformed in your congregation in the past year? What did that look like?
- Can you identify one person who was identified as a new leader in the past year, and then share how she/he is being equipped for ministry? (Note: this is a person who has never been a leader before in the life of your church.)
What do you think? What questions would you ask?