Instead of counting Christians, we need to weigh them. – Dallas Willard
Clear vision requires clarity about the results you are after. Any result you might desire for your ministry will fit into three broad categories – input results, output results, and impact results.
Input results in the church focus on the number of people and dollars that come into the church. Input results are important. You don’t have a church without them. It’s also important to measure input results. You can’t lead well without knowing them.
Common ways we talk about input results include the ABCs (attendance, buildings and cash) or “nickels and noses” or “butts and bucks.” Every week, thousands of churches across the land will print their input results on a worship bulletin or review them in the next elders meeting. Input results inform the functional dashboard of the American church.
Output results refer to actual life-change outcomes that God intends for followers of Christ individually and together. Examples of output results include the quality of a believer’s prayer life, the skillfulness in sharing the Gospel, or the development of patience as one of the fruits of the Spirit.
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