Success for a church should look very different than from modern business. Measuring the number of people that come to a Sunday event or how much money was given does not tell if a church is truly succeeding. The measurement has to come from factors such as spiritual growth and development and how members are doing on Monday not just how they act on Sunday. The following seven traits are the measurements we use to look at ourselves.

Reliance on God’s Word
All church life centers on a reliance on God, His promises, and the authority of His Word.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:16-17

  • Are the elders planning, setting goals and making decisions based on the Word?
  • Are we preaching & teaching the Word at all levels?
  • Are we counseling people from the Word?
  • Are people learning and growing in the Word?
  • Are we risking, taking steps of faith showing our reliance upon God?
  • Is it possible for someone to be part of the church and not hear the Word of God?
Anticipation of God’s Empowering Presence
People approach all life and ministry with an anticipation of God’s presence actively working in and through them.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:16

  • Are leaders modeling the priority of prayer and acknowledge God’s presence?
  • Are we telling & retelling stories of life-change?
  • Do we see new life-change stories around us?
  • Are we actively praying for God to show up?
  • Are we connecting transcendently with God in worship?
  • How many people have an active impact list, expecting God to intervene?
  • Do we approach every meeting, service and contact anticipating God might act in a big way?
  • Do our goals and dreams anticipate God showing up and are people stretched in commitment to their part of accomplishing the vision?
Intentionally Missional
Reaching the lost dominates the church agenda, relying on God to work through each member for conversion & retention growth, maintaining a collaborative and aggressive regional and global plan to plant churches.

Jesus said to them again, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21b

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8

  • The pastor and other key leaders are involved in evangelism and discipleship.
  • All teaching, training, leadership development, etc., must be to expand the kingdom through evangelism and discipleship.
  • A vision for conversion growth and retention
  • The church has a vision for a geographical region (city, community, country)
  • Church planting is part of the vision and strategy, and concrete plans are in place to plant.
  • Do we know how many members are actually sharing their faith?

Strong Leadership Development
Leaders are taught and practice “incarnational and servant leadership” and men & women are being developed as reproducing leaders.

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Tim. 2:2

  • Are we moving people through the leadership pipeline (helping with next step)?
  • What are we using to move leaders from step to step (curriculum/relationships)?
  • Where to do we look for these leaders? (peer ministry leaders, small group leaders)
  • What kind of coaching & mentoring is involved?
Expanding Network of Small Groups
The church is organized into creating communities of small groups committed to developing life-changing relationships.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Heb. 10:24-25

  • Are the small groups leading people into life-changing relationships?
  • Are people relationally connected where someone knows where they are spiritually and can help them take the next step?
  • Are groups meeting together for the purpose of sanctification and accountability?
  • Is there accountability in the group and for the group?
  • How many people are connected to a small group?
Intentional Disciple-making
The church maintains an intentional discipleship process (from conversion to maturity) that results in the church consistently practicing spiritual disciplines, personal ministry, evangelism, and personal discipleship.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:18-20

  • Are Christians maturing in their relationship with God, their relationship with the body, and their relationship with the world?
  • How many people are involved in discipleship/disciple-making?
  • Are ministry leaders actually keeping up with the spiritual development of their people?
  • Where is each person’s accountability?
Sacrificial Giving
Church leaders teach and model biblical stewardship resulting in members and regular attenders actively involved in regular giving to the local church.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt. 6:33

  • Is the leadership modeling biblical stewardship and sacrificial giving?
  • Is compelling vision being cast to expansion of the kingdom so that people are giving to kingdom work, not church need?
  • What of each of the following groups is involved in regular giving? (members, regular attenders, leadership community, staff and elders)
  • Are we preaching and teaching about sacrificial giving and telling stories about financial life-change?
  • Does the church model faithful stewardship by giving to a % of funds to missions and church planting?