"Effectiveness by the Numbers" (William R. Hoyt)
People count what's most important to them. So do churches. Even those that say they don't count do, in fact, count something.
However, many churches don't count accurately or what's most important. (I won't tell you what Hoyt says is most important - read the book to find out - but I will tell you it isn't worship attendance.)
Why do so many churches fail to count accurately or what's most important? Fear. Many church leaders fear that their ineffectiveness will be exposed and, as a result, they may be held accountable.
"God calls us to be faithful," many of these leaders say. He certainly does. But God also calls us to bear fruit, and accurately counting what matters helps measure fruitfulness.
Hoyt's book will help your church accurately "count what counts" in a way that will help it set mutually agreed-upon, measurable goals that can reduce fear.
By the way, Hoyt and John Kaiser developed the Accountable Leadership strategy that's found in Kaiser's book "Winning on Purpose," the first book I recommended. Hoyt is also a member of Transforming Campus Ministries' board of directors.
"Effectiveness by the Numbers" can be purchased from customary outlets.