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Effectiveness by the Numbers

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Accurately counting the right things can profoundly impact ministry effectiveness. Knowing “the story in the stats” can inform decisions and lead to the things that produce the results most pleasing to God. Gathering and studying the right numbers can help a church wisely invest its resources of time, effort, people, money, and facilities. Effectiveness by the Numbers will help ensure that your church is measuring the right things for the right reasons. Counting what counts enables a church to fulfill its mission--making mature followers of Jesus Christ.

Jesus and his disciples counted. They knew how many he fed with the five loaves and fishes. When a crowd gathered they often knew and recorded the number of men, women and children present for the event. The early church counted. They knew that on the day of Pentecost about 3,000 were added to their number. The book of Acts reports that “many believed,” “people were added,” and “many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” If Jesus counted and the early church kept track of numbers, it is not unreasonable to expect churches today to use metrics to increase their effectiveness in doing God’s work on earth.

Chapter One: The Fear of Numbers
Chapter Two: If You Could Count Only One Thing
Chapter Three: How Many and How Often
Chapter Four: How Many Stick?
Chapter Five: How Many Serve?
Chapter Six: Who's New?
Chapter Seven: Growing by Staying Small
Chapter Eight: What's More Important than Dollars?
Chapter Nine: What Product Are You Producing Anyway?


Kudos for the Book

"This book is not for the faint of heart. It is a hard-hitting prescription for church leaders who are serious about making churches into all God wants them to be." - Leith Anderson, Pastor, President, National Association of Evangelicals

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions. Bill Hoyt shows how to get constructive feedback on what’s happening in your church—then use that information to improve. His pastor-tested and church-approved insights will help your ministry.” —Kevin Miller, Vice President, Christianity Today International

Effectiveness by the Numbers avoids pitfalls of reductionism on the one hand (church is only what can be counted) and refusal to be accountable on the other (our church is above crassly counting numbers)....The wisdom of ‘counting the right things’ enables pastors and boards to analyze and understand ‘what is’ and then to identify pointers for decisive leadership on pathways of hope. Bill Hoyt juxtaposes biblical truth and the challenges facing contemporary churches with compelling insight about what healthy and vibrant churches look like. —Leland Eliason, Educator and Consultant