Let’s take a look at some of the factors that contribute to the success of a church organization. I am not an expert ;) but it seems to me that these are the things that are viewed as marks of success among church organizations.
Number of members
This is the most obvious measure of how a church is doing. The pastor of the church we attend has frequently mentioned that “how big is yours?” is the inevitable question at pastors’ gatherings.
The size of the budget determines what the organization is able to do. It is reflected in the size and quality of the building or campus. The budget also determines the size of staff that is possible which influences the ability to provide services and programs.
The quality of services and programs is dependent on the money available. More money allows for a higher level of investment in children’s programs and facilities and in youth programs and facilities. It also allows for a greater investment in technology which is reflected in the production value of the programs and services.
In a successful church organization, the members are fans. They naturally promote the church because of their excitement and positive feelings about it. Their excitement is also reflected in their willingness to participate as volunteers in the programs and services offered. The involvement of enthusiastic members is the oil that keeps the machinery of the church functioning.
One of the measures of success of a church is how well-known the pastor is in the community and perhaps even at a regional or national level. A charismatic leader has the ability to create a following and to grow the size of a church perhaps to the point where video venues will be necessary. An extremely talented worship team or worship leader can also contribute to the visibility and success of a church.
The Bottom Line
So there you go, lots of people giving their money and time to contribute to the smooth operation and potential influence of the organization.
What do you think?