Yesterday I wrote about the concept of direct results. Here’s an example of a ministry with a razor-sharp focus on direct results: Project 127. This ministry is working toward the goal of emptying Colorado’s foster care system. The vision statement is clear and measurable: “No Waiting Children in Colorado Foster Care by 2014.”
“Direct results always come first. In the care of feeding of an organization, they play the role calories pay in the nutrition of the human body.” — Peter Drucker
One of the critical issues that we don’t recognize in church leadership is that it’s not the activities that matter, but the fruit that those activities yield. Attendance or participation is one thing to measure, but far more important is measuring the outcome created by that attendance or participation. For example, are we measuring church service attendance or life change? Just because something is easier to measure doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to be measuring.
Part of a series inspired by Peter Drucker, an important mentor of mine
“Every organization needs performance in three major areas: It needs direct results; building of values and their reaffirmation; and building and developing of people for tomorrow.” – Peter Drucker
What does this mean for the church? What do those three areas look like for us?
- direct results. The church does not exist just to exist—it exists for a greater purpose: to make disciples. That is the mission Jesus left us with. The direct result of the church is to make disciples.