As church leaders, it’s so important to gauge the current health of your church – if you don’t know where you are, it’s very difficult to find out how to get to where you want to be. Being able to achieve your future goals ultimately starts with identifying where you are now.
We’ve found that particular gauges help you to find where ‘here’ is. It allows you to find out your current state, and then helps you to create a roadmap to help you get to wherever you want to be.
At Hillsong Church, we have created a “dashboard” made up of five key gauges::
How many people are attending your church?
You can see whether or not your church is actually growing if you’re getting new people.
Remember that church growth happens on the ground and in the trenches. Having an overall attendance goal to achieve is good, but it’s also useful to break things down into services. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed by the overall goal you have to achieve.
With attendance, it’s also useful to be aware of the trends in your church attendance. When does your church attendance typically experience growth, when does it get stagnant, and when are there drops? It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve failed as a church if you have more people in January than you do in June, but you do need to be aware of the yearly and seasonal trends so that you can respond accordingly.
2. New People
How effectively is your church going with connecting new people and discipling new Christians?
What next steps or discipleship tracks do they follow when they come to your church?
Whether it’s a midweek follow up system (through phone call, SMS or email), or an Alpha course for new Christians, it’s important for your church to have next steps for anyone to go through so that they can get connected, planted and grow in their discipleship journey.
3. Connect Groups
How many people attending your church are actually in Connect Groups?
Connect Groups are small groups that meet fortnightly in peoples homes, cafes and locations around the city to build relationships, study the bible and pray with one another. Connect Groups are so important because that’s where discipleship takes place. Connect Groups are where a big church can feel small. Connect Groups are where people can get open, honest and learn from one another.
Having more of your church in Connect Groups is good, because it indicates that discipleship and community is actually taking place.
How many people in your church are volunteering on a team?
At Hillsong Church, our goal is to have a 1:7 ratio of volunteers to church attendees. The higher the ratio, means there’s less people carrying responsibility for more people, which makes it difficult to have genuine connection and relationship with each individual.
Are the people in your church tithing?
If it’s not where you want it to be, ask yourself: do they know the heart behind tithing? Do they understand what the Bible says about it? Do they understand the importance of tithing? Have you communicated a large enough vision that inspires people to sacrifice?
At the end of the day, these gauges are here to help you to identify where you are at and to see which areas your church is strong in, and which areas may need to grow.
Within our Online Portal we offer a complimentary access to a “Church Health Dashboard” tool to help you determine the health of your church. It looks like this…
Ultimately, these figures don’t make-or-break your church, but they can serve as a tool to help you to make the right decisions to get your church to where you want it to be.
This thought was originally shared during a webinar on ‘Church Health Indicators’ hosted by Joel A’Bell during ‘Online Open Week’ in September 2016. This is your opportunity to receive impartation and training direct from the Hillsong team through live webinars.
If you would like to use the above “Dashboard” tool, watch the full webinar recording or find out more about future events from the Hillsong Leadership Network, click below.