I ran across these four LIFE MEASURES that Pastor Dan Schepmann and the congregation at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, TX have developed. They make more sense than any other metric I've seen for a church because they no longer measure spiritual growth by attendance and/or giving. They are personal to each individual. According to the church website they are:
- Living as a Friend
- Do I love others the way God loves me?
- Am I available and responsive to developing new relationships?
- Do I show compassion for the needs of others?
- Do I intentionally cultivate relationships where spiritual growth occurs?
- Learning as a Follower
- Am I growing in my relationship with God by spending time in conversation with Him?
- Is my worship igniting my desire to follow Jesus every day?
- Am I getting to know God and His will for my life by spending time in His Word?
- Am I consistently responding to God's leadership?
- Loving as a Servant
- Am I attentive of the needs of others in my community?
- Is there capacity in my life to respond to the needs of others?
- Do I put the needs of others before my own?
- Am I serving in a way that uses my God-given gifts?
- Leading as a Guide
- Am I willing and prepared to share my faith with others?
- Am I equipping others to lead?
- Am I growing in financial generosity?
- Am I working with members of the Body?
FOR THE YOUTH!!
If not on a congregational level, you may find this way of thinking far more helpful with youth leadership and planning. I have four components to my youth ministry philosophy that mirror these life measures. They are:
- Spiritual Growth -- Worship, Bible study, devotions and prayer.
- Leadership Training -- Opportunities to lead and be a part of the congregation at large.
- Opportunities for Service -- Inside and outside of the regular life of the congregation.
- Activities for Building Friendships -- Knowing people on a deeper personal and spiritual level.
Personally, I think this is a fantastic plan and wish it was available for every congregation! In our walk with Jesus, it never hurts to take a moment and think about where we are, where we hope to be, and what we're doing to get there.