What is Your Scorecard for Measuring Success?

We need a new scorecard for measuring success in Youth Ministry. Quite frankly, in the CHURCH period! I get sick of hearing from youth workers all over the nation who get treated so poorly by their leadership (and even fired) because they aren't producing enough numbers. Numbers aren't always an accurate picture of health, and therefore, should not be the scorecard for measuring success. This is an entirely different blog post waiting to happen, so I digress...

What got me thinking about this topic at all was a quick read from an expert of a job description posted on Tim Steven's blog from Granger Community Church. Check out this line...
"Many youth pastors measure their success on what they can do. The person in this role will measure success by what they equip others to do."
What a wonderful way to measure success. Spot on, Granger. Spot on.

So what is your scorecard for measuring success? What do you think about this job description?

By the way, if you are looking for a position or know someone who might be a great fit for this role, as Student Ministries Director, tell them to apply soon.

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9 Responses to “What is Your Scorecard for Measuring Success?”

  1. # Anonymous kolby

    Terrace, I love this post! I do think we need to starting talking about this more. I have been pondering the number issue, and I do think that bible colleges are also training young pastors to think that numbers =success.  

  2. # Blogger Unknown

    Numbers don't give a complete picture of success if you're only measuring by how many people are in chairs. However, a good shepherd knows how many sheep are in the flock. What are you doing with the sheep in your care? That's the measure of success. How often do you reach out? Do you pursue the lost sheep? Do you know what's going on in their lives?  

  3. # Blogger Rod

    I totally agree that numbers are not the only way to measure success. However, it is difficult to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world if they aren't there.
    I think much of this is tied to evangelizing and "recruiting" youth to be missionaries in their own communities.

  4. # Anonymous Elle Campbell

    Hey Terrace! Love this discussion. I read this post this morning and then read a similar post on Doug Field's blog a little later, so I wanted to share what I commented on Doug's post.

    We are definitely fortunate to have a pastor and leadership team that encourages us to value goals that are NOT numbers-driven.

    At our church, we have 4 things that, as our pastor says, "keep us tethered to our mission," and it's those 4 things that we are evaluated on.

    1. SPIRITUAL FORMATION: What are we doing to build lasting faith and spiritual disciplines in our students? We filter this mostly through our small groups, which create a place of community for students, and our Small Group Leaders, who are responsible for, among other things, helping their students develop "The 5 Faith Skills" - 5 things every believer needs in order to know God better know and get to know Him better for a lifetime. We borrowed those from reThink.

    2. GEOGRAPHIC INTENTIONALITY: What are we doing to specifically focus our ministry on the physical city/neighborhood/schools in which we've been planted?

    3. PARTNERSHIP IN THE GREATER BODY: What are we doing to build and serve and equip the Body of Christ OUTSIDE of our local church and congregation? In other words, how are we helping other churches do and be their best? (It's not about our church, it's about THE Church.) For us, we personally love doing this by freely sharing the resources that we create. We recently put together a website called www.stuffyoucanuse.org to streamline the process of sharing resources (both ours and other churches').

    4. INTERDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP: What are we doing, as a staff, to work together with the rest of our team? How are we being intentional about partnering with and serving each other, rather than competing?

    One of the things I so appreciate about our pastor and our leadership is that these 4 things aren't just things we talk about - they're things we practice. They're woven into our budgeting process, into our employee and ministry evaluations, into our hiring process - they're our standard and are valued way above numbers or attendance.  

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